There are many excellent sources of help to advise you about various aspects of employment. Some of these are listed below.
PA Pool provides members with a browsable database of PAs and PA Users, where information about each person, plus who or what they are looking for, can be accessed at the click of a button. Unlike conventional advertising, you can register and search the database whether you are recruiting or looking for work and then contact available people instantly.
BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT (BASE)
BASE is a membership organisation for supported employment agencies and supported businesses in the UK.
Tel: 08445 617445
BRITISH INSURANCE BROKERS’ ASSOCIATION (BIBA)
Disability and independent living insurance providers offering a carer & personal assistant insurance policy
Telephone: 01772 724 442
A free website to advertise for a PA or for seeking work as a PA.
HM REVENUES AND CUSTOMS
Advice on a variety of subjects including tax credits, child benefits, National Insurance, PAYE, SSP.
Telephone 0845 300 3900
ILA ESSEX (Independent Living Advocacy)
The aim of ILA Essex is to promote the empowerment of disabled people. Their website has a recruitment page for PAs in the Essex area.
are based in Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire.
They assist their clients, with all the stages of recruiting a Personal Assistant and also offer ongoing support once a PA has been appointed. Jobs4all can assist with: Job descriptions, advertising, interviews, safety checks, Payroll services, contracts of employment and Liability Insurance.
For PAs looking for vacancies, they will store the relevant details and when a position becomes available will forward on a job description to enable them to apply for the position available.
A website specifically designed to bring Personal assistants and Employers together.
Penderels Trust’s aim is to assist service-users with all aspects of independent living including preparation for assessment, providing annual cost of care, accessing funding sources e.g. the Independent Living Fund, assisting people to recruit and train their own staff and liaising with other services and professionals. There is also a recruitment page for PAs and employers.
Telephone: 02476 511611
RECRUITMENT & EMPLOYMENT CONFEDERATION (REC)
A briefing sent out by REC detailing the forthcoming charges of VAT on temporary staff which will come into effect on 1 April 2009. See the briefing.
Further clarification on the exemption group and if this includes P.A.s is being sought from HMRC by PA Net.
THE ROWAN ORGANISATION
The Rowan Organisation’s mission statement is “The Rowan Organisation exists to provide disabled people with access to information and support in order that they can make informed choices and be in control of their lives”. They offer a managed ‘recruitment service’ for service users who choose to employ their own Personal Assistants provide a Payroll Service.
Tel: 02476 322 860
Shaw Trust provides a range of services that support disabled people to live more independent lives.
Telephone: 01225 716300