It is your responsibility as an Employer for ensuring that your payroll information is reported to HMRC electronically on or before each payday. If you have weekly paid employees you will need to make a submission every week. If you have monthly paid employees you will need to make the relevant submissions every month. 


Register as an employer

You normally need to register as an employer with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) when you start employing staff, or using subcontractors for construction work.

You must register before the first payday. It usually takes up to 5 days to get your employer PAYE reference number. You cannot register more than 2 months before you start paying people.

Choose how to run payroll

You can operate PAYE by either:

  • paying a payroll provider to do it for you.

  • doing it yourself using payroll software.

Find payroll software

If you decide to run payroll yourself, you need payroll software to report to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The software will help you with tasks like:

  • Recording your employees’ details.

  • Working out your employees’ pay and deductions.

  • Reporting payroll information to HMRC.

  • Working out how much you need to pay HMRC .

  • Calculating statutory pay, for example maternity or sick pay.

We Recommend the Stewardship Payroll Bureau.