HMRC helps teenagers prepare for the world of work

Last June HM Revenue and Customs launched two educational videos which are aimed at preparing teenagers for working life. One of the videos will help 14 to 17 year olds understand what it means when they receive their national insurance number and the benefits of using a personal tax account. The other new video is… Continue reading HMRC helps teenagers prepare for the world of work

Is your child about to collect their GCSES? – You need to tell the Tax Man

(A-levels, further education or an approved training course, you MUST tell the taxman if you're claiming child benefit or risk losing out on thousands of pounds a year) June was a busy period for students throughout the UK as they completed their GCSE and A-Level exams, but what happens to your child benefits afterwards? Your… Continue reading Is your child about to collect their GCSES? – You need to tell the Tax Man

Employer Update March 2018

National Living/Minimum Wage Changes from 1 April 2018 From 1 April 2018 the National Living/Minimum Wage rates will increase as follows: £7.83 an hour for workers aged 25 and over - previously £7.50 £7.38 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24 – previously £7.05 £5.90 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 –… Continue reading Employer Update March 2018

National Minimum Wage – where are we now?

Falling foul of the National Minimum Wage rules can be expensive – as well as having serious implications for employer reputation. Many firms have been named and shamed for getting it wrong - are you compliant? Employer errors The National Minimum Wage (NMW) keeps appearing in the headlines. Recently the Department for Business, Energy and… Continue reading National Minimum Wage – where are we now?

Proposals to extend pensions auto enrollment to younger workers

The government has announced proposals to extend pensions auto enrolment to include younger workers and to amend the way in which contributions are calculated. According to the press release: 'The review's recommendations, which will now be progressed and legislated for where necessary, will see: automatic enrolment duties continuing to apply to all employers, regardless of… Continue reading Proposals to extend pensions auto enrollment to younger workers

The Apprenticeship Levy

The Apprenticeship Levy is charged on employers’ “paybills” at a rate of 0.5%. The levy is payable through Pay as You Earn (PAYE) and is payable alongside income tax and National Insurance. To keep the process as simple as possible “paybill” will be based on total employee earnings subject to Class 1 secondary NICs. Each… Continue reading The Apprenticeship Levy

The benefits of becoming an apprentice

By deciding to do an apprenticeship the transition from school into the working world was made a lot easier. I still wanted to learn and get qualifications but I found this difficult to do in a classroom as the learning was not hands-on. By doing an apprenticeship I gained intimate knowledge of the work environment… Continue reading The benefits of becoming an apprentice