You may be using your direct payments to employ a personal assistant (PA). If so, the information on this page is intended as a guide to assist you in being an employer. You should also look at our useful links below for links to other websites that have lots of helpful information and advice to help you. Our forms and leaflets page has all the documents you will need to assist you in being an employer, such as examples of job applications.

Being an employer toolkit

The Being an employer toolkit is a guide and reference point for all you need to know about employing a personal assistant. Here you will find guidance on everything from how to employ someone to how to terminate your employee's contract. Another personal assistant toolkit, produced by Skills for Care is also available.

Your responsibilities as an employer

If you choose to use your direct payments to employ a personal assistant, you will have certain responsibilities, and it is important you are aware of these.

The Being an employer factsheet details exactly what your responsibilities are, from complying with HMRC to paying your PA holiday pay.

The PA Net website has a lot of useful information on employing personal assistants.

If you have any questions about employing a personal assistant or any aspect of your direct payments please contact us on 020 8545 3632 or email us at

Related websites

  • ACAS - information and advice on employment issues
  • GOV.UK - advice on many different areas, including your responsibilities as an employer
  • Carers Support Merton - help and advice for carers in Merton