Click for an explanation of how to shortlist and for a shortlisting grid.

Remember that you will need someone at the interviews to meet and greet and to check the employment documentation.


CTE has copies of some contracts and, with the permission of the post-holder, is happy to make them available on the understanding that this does not constitute advice and with the strong recommendation that they are checked by someone who is suitably qualified to do so.

If the successful applicant wishes to be treated as self-employed, you must ensure the person concerned is registered with HMRC as self-employed. S/he should be able to show the ’employer’ a letter to that effect, and therefore will be responsible for his/her own tax and NI liability.

It is essential that the ’employer’ is satisfied of this, since if, on investigation, HMRC decide that the relationship with the ’employer’ looks more like one of employment, they can reclaim any outstanding tax and NI liability for the past six years from the ‘employer’. There is more info on the HMRC website, including an Employment Status Indicator Tool.

Download a Contract for Services template from CIPD. This sets out an agreement between an organisation and a contractor.

Please be aware that the information on this page does not constitute legal advice and HR advice should always be sought.


Before you run out of steam, think about whether you want an induction service for your new officer. If you do, please tell Churches Together in England, via Doral Hayes, as we’d be delighted for a CTE staff member to attend if at all possible.