How to Hire the Best Employees?
Hiring the best employees is so important to a small business, but the hiring process can be expensive and time-consuming. So before starting the hiring process – whether that’s for the first time or replacing a past employee – it’s important to know how to get the best employees on board and how much they’re going to cost.
The following process may be helpful when hiring:
- Searching in the right place
- Screening candidates’ skills
- Checking they’re compatible with company culture
- Not rushing and taking your time
Firstly, the best place to start is to look in the right places. Then, advertise your vacancy where the job seekers are searching. This includes social media and digital platforms, like Indeed or LinkedIn Jobs, which are essential to getting in front of the best candidates. 79% of job seekers use the internet to find information on vacancies, so make sure not to miss out.
Another effective strategy is to make use of employee referrals. Employee referrals can help a business recruit faster, as Glassdoor says that interviews from employee referrals are between 2.6% – 6.6% more likely to lead to an accepted job offer.
Next, screen candidates to ensure they’re skilled for the role. For example, set up a basic or rigorous skills test to ensure you don’t waste time interviewing unqualified candidates. Some platforms like Indeed also allow an employer to set up screener questions.
During an interview, it’s then essential to ensure they’re compatible with the company culture. Not fitting in with the company culture can damage a team’s success, so make every effort possible. Ask candidates about their values and attitudes. You may find that a highly qualified candidate might not be the right choice if they simply don’t fit in.
Lastly, don’t rush the process, bringing someone in just to fill a vacancy. Hiring an unsuitable candidate could cost in the long run, as unqualified or unskilled employees will take up resources in training or in the time of other employees.
This could mean leaving a job ad up longer than expected or even giving an offer to a candidate based on a short initial contract or probationary stage. So if it doesn’t seem like any of the candidates would be the right choice, then don’t feel pressured to choose one just for the sake of filling the vacancy.
How much does it cost to hire employees?
Hiring a new employee can end up costing a lot more than just their salary. When running a small business, it’s important to understand the costs involved as they can add up.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reports the weekly earnings of a full-time worker are £576 per week or around £27,648 per year. From this figure, we can calculate some of the other additional costs that mount up in addition to the salary.
From their salary, the employee would take home £21,605 net after deductions. Meanwhile, the employer would pay around £30,882 – a full £3,234 more than its salary. This includes £2,404 in National Insurance contributions and £829 in minimum pension contributions.
What would different levels of salary cost you? Let’s take a look based on a full-time worker:
|Basic Salary||True Salary Cost to Employer*|
|£17,374 (Minimum wage)||£18,951|
*Please note that calculating the true salary cost can be complicated and depends on the individual package you provide to employees.
Of course, there are other additional costs to hiring a new employee. The Undercover Recruiter suggests that the average employee will end up costing around £1,068 on training, up to £4,800 on new equipment (such as computers and other hardware), and potentially £8,000 in additional costs (including HR, maternity/paternity leave, software costs, and other perks).
It’s important to note the cost of Employer’s Liability Insurance if this is the first employee the business is taking on. Employer’s Liability Insurance is required by UK law and will protect a business from compensation claims by current or former employees. According to finance experts NimbleFins, on average, Employer’s Liability Insurance can cost from £61 but could rise to £213 depending on the type of work they’re doing and the riskiness of the work the employees will do.