United Kingdom

HR and HR Software Guide

Country Overview

The United Kingdom is made up of Scotland, England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, with the larger entity known as Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland shares a border with the Republic of Ireland, dividing the large island. For centuries, the United Kingdom was a global colonial power and is still a significant economic power on the world stage.

Capital City: London

Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP)

Principal Language: English

Government: Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy

The UK uses either written, verbal, or implicit contracts. However, in many jurisdictions, it is a necessity to have a written agreement. 

Following are the statutory national holidays:     

  • January 1 – New Year’s Day 
  • April 2 – Good Friday 
  • May 3 – Early May Bank Holiday 
  • May 31 – Spring Bank Holiday 
  • December 25 – Christmas Day 
  • December 26 – Boxing Day 
  • December 27 – Substitute Bank Holiday for Christmas Day 
  • December 28 – Substitute Bank Holiday for Boxing Day


The accounting standards follow the UK GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Practice).

Tax Rates

Corporate Tax 

The corporate tax rate in the UK is 19%. 

Value Added Tax (VAT) 

The VAT rate in the UK is 20%. 

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies to the United Kingdom as of May 25, 2018.

The Bribery Act was passed in 2010. The consequences of bribery under this act include 10 years in prison, an unlimited monetary fine, confiscation of property (in some cases) under the Proceeds of Crime Act of 2002, and removal of directors under the Companies Directors Disqualification Act of 1986.

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