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How to hire a personal Chauffeur

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Many people are unsure of how to hire a personal chauffeur. A chauffeur is an individual who gets hired to drive passengers around in a car – typically a luxury vehicle. Nowadays it is fairly common for chauffeur services to be offered by on a temporary basis by companies specialising in vehicles for hire. However some people still prefer to hire a personal chauffeur on a permanent basis in their private household and put them on a permanent payroll as a member of staff of the household. Here we talk a little bit about what it takes to be a good chauffeur and how Nomenial can help to take care of the process for you.

Responsibilities of a chauffeur

A qualified chauffeur should have a full driving license, be over 21 years of age and be able to pass criminal record background checks. In addition to the obvious tasks of driving passengers around, their day to day tasks may consist in helping passengers with their luggage, helping passengers get in and out of the vehicle as required, provide journey information, and making sure that the vehicle is clean and well maintained for each job.

Required Skills for a personal chauffeur

A good chauffeur should possess several important skills. Beyond the obvious physical skills such as movement, coordination and grace which assist in driving, they must also be courteous and polite at all times, always predisposed to help, and must possess patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations. The ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure are also invaluable, as there may be situations in which the chauffeur is placed under stress, such as, for example, if they must escort their passenger to their destination as soon as possible or by a certain deadline.

How Nomenial can help you hire a personal chauffeur

When hiring a chauffeur as part of your house staff, it is necessary to register as an employer with HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs), and take on all of the legal responsibilities that being an employer entails. This includes things such as paying tax and National Insurance contributions to the government on behalf of the chauffeur, enrolling them in a pension scheme, calculating their holiday pay and sick pay, and issuing payslips to them each month. Not to mention drawing up a contract for them to sign. This headache is what puts a lot of people of and drives them to go to a vehicle for hire company instead.

..That is where we come in. Nomenial can register as your representative to HMRC. This will allow us to act as an intermediary between you and the chauffeur – we can draw up a contract for you both to sign, enroll the chauffeur on a pension plan for you, and issue them payslips a the end of each month. We can also calculate their salary and tax contributions to HMRC so that you don’t have to – we are able to take care of every single administrative process involved in hiring a chauffeur. Nomenial makes the process as stress free as possible so that you don’t have to worry about these things and can relax.