Using this handbook

Welcome to the PA Employer Handbook

For someone learning about becoming a Personal Assistant (PA) employer this guide is structured to provide the information you need at each stage of the journey.

By choosing your stage, the content will change. The articles you see will be an introduction to what you need to know before progressing, but you can start and finish where you choose. Sections of the book, or the whole book, can be downloaded or printed but care should be taken with a printed copy where information can become out of date, like the Scottish Living Wage or employment law for example.

The PA Employer Handbook is a live resource, meaning people are contributing to its content all the time, and you can contribute too by telling us if you found sections useful or if you think they need improvement.

You can also find support with this guide or any aspect of being an employer. There are organisations who can provide information or support relevant to where you live in Scotland or your stage of exploring being a PA employer, just click the find help page to start.


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Last Updated
22 August 2022
First Published
28 March 2022
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Please note that the information contained in this Handbook is provided for guidance purposes only. Every reasonable effort is made to make the information accurate and up to date, but no responsibility for its accuracy and correctness, or for any consequences of relying on it, is assumed by Self Directed Support Scotland or any other contributing party.

The information does not, and is not intended to, amount to legal advice. You are strongly advised to obtain specific, personal and professional advice from a lawyer about employment law matters, or an accountant/ tax specialist about taxation matters, and from HMRC and your insurers. You should not rely solely on the information in this Handbook. Support organisations listed in this Handbook can help you find appropriate sources of advice.