Personal assistants

Benefits of employing a personal assistant and your responsibilities as an employer.


There are many benefits to using your direct payment to employ a personal assistant. It means you can:

  • choose who you employ
  • decide what you want them to do
  • agree the hours they work
  • be more independent

For more information, see employing personal assistants on the Skills for Care website

Becoming an employer

You’ll become an employer and you will have responsibilities by law.

You’ll need to do things like:

  • write a job description
  • set up a contract of employment
  • pay your personal assistant
  • provide a pension
  • follow health and safety
  • get insurance
  • give maternity, paternity and adoption rights
  • follow redundancy procedures
  • have proper policies and follow employment law

If you choose to use a dircet payment support service they'll be able to offer you advice and support.

For local support services see:

Providing a pension

As an employer you'll have responsiblity for a pension scheme. Find out about workplace pensions on GOV.UK

National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) is the workplace pension set up by government.