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Hiring staff

The following documents are free and are here to help you to hire staff. Others are available to help with Managing staff and Disciplining staff.

Job descriptions

Person specification

Job application forms

Equal opportunities

  • word  Equality and diversity monitoring form template [38kb] - the confidential form to help build up a picture of who is applying to join the organisation, and to help the employer encourage equality and diversity. The form is to go out with the job application form, but to be returned separately.

Written Statement of Employment

Recruiting the best candidate

Job offer letters

  • word  Outline of a job offer letter - option 1 [28kb] - a short covering letter referring to an important attached document, a Written Statement of Terms and Conditions of Employment, which goes out with the letter.
  • word  Outline of a job offer letter - option 2 [34kb] - a longer letter giving the basics of the job's terms and conditions of employment. It is drafted on the basis the full Written Statement of Terms and Conditions of Employment will follow within two months of the successful applicant starting work.

Pre-employment checks

Starting the new employee

Note: The samples for letters, forms and checklists are here to help you, but users must take full responsibility for the content they send out.

Further guidance

If, after looking at these templates, you feel you need additional help on hiring staff, Acas has other free guidance you can download.

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Alternatively you can call the Acas Helpline on 0300 123 1100.

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