PeopleTalk – October 2013

DOHR LimitedWelcome

Well Autumn is here, the kids are back at school, Halloween, Bonfires night and even Christmas are all approaching fast. Before we know it we will be welcoming in a new year. But before I wish our lives away, this month’s PeopleTalk is full of useful and interesting items for you and your business. We are delighted to update you on a new project for the team here at DOHR, we will be out on the road during the next month and look forward to seeing many of you on our travels and, with the New National Minimum Wage coming into effect on 1st October, we give you all a final reminder in your preparations.

HR Support for Schools

DOHR are delighted to announce a new specialist HR support service for schools. Working with the leadership teams primarily within Free Schools and Academies, DOHR will be ensuring appropriate support is in place for all compliance and HR support issues for both teaching and support staff. We are also one of the sponsors at this years Education Business Awards.



To support our growth, we are also recruiting for a Senior HR administrator. Ideally we are looking for someone who has experience within an LEA environment. If you or someone you know is interested in applying for this role, please contact us at [email protected]

National Minimum Wage

The new National Minimum Wage came into effect on 1st October 2013. For full details, take a look at our free download, but in summary the new rates are as follows:



16 – 17 years


18 – 20 years


21 years +


DOHR on the Road

DOHR Managing Director Donna, will be speaking at the Best Business Expo on 10th October. To join the HR seminar entitled “Walking the Tightrope”, book your tickets for a day full of networking and business ideas.

Donna will also be talking at The Business Show at Olympia on 28th November. In her talk “Getting it right, getting it wrong” current and potential employers will explore the pitfalls associated with employing staff and how to avoid them.


Our blog is regularly updated and often contains useful information on topical HR issues. Make sure you check in regularly and we do encourage you to share your experiences on the issues we blog about.

Trusted suppliers

Our business grows through word of mouth recommendations. We work with a lot of useful business to business providers and if you are looking for a service such as a payroll provider, solicitor or plumber, please feel free to pick up the phone and ask for a recommendation, we are far safer than flicking through the yellow pages.