Employing staff

Many parishes, benefices or groups of parishes employ staff, either on a full-time or part-time basis. Whether it’s a full-time administrator or youth-worker, or someone who is paid to cut the grass in the churchyard, it’s important that the church has excellent employment practice. This not only ensures legal compliance, but provides a good basis for individuals to contribute effectively to the church’s ministry.

Here are some resources that may help:

Just Employment

The Church Urban Fund, together with the dioceses of Chester, Liverpool and Manchester,  have produced a comprehensive guide to employing staff in faith based projects. The resource includes guidance on recruiting and managing staff and volunteers, practical advice, case studies and examples, and over 50 templates for letters and documents. You can view Just Employment Resource online here

Employing Youth and Children’s Workers

is a book by Paul Godfrey and Nic Sheppard. This short and accessible guide helps churches through the whole process of researching, planning and making an appointment. It also considers how volunteers might be best used and supported. (Click here to access the Church House Publishing website)

If you have specific queries relating to whether individuals are employed, self-employed or volunteers, or about paying people and HMRC’s requirements, please also see our specific guidance on this at: https://www.parishresources.org.uk/people/paye/

We also have a page on pensions and auto-enrolment at: www.parishresources.org.uk/people/employing-staff/pensions/


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