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Payroll Outsourcing – Payroll Implementation Process

Here are our simple steps to ensuring a successful payroll implementation process when transitioning to a payroll outsourcing partner.

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In-house vs outsourcing payroll costs – is outsourcing payroll cost effective?

If you’re wondering whether outsourcing payroll costs less than using an in-house team, take a look at all the ways outsourcing can be more cost effective.

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Making the case for Outsourcing Payroll with SD Worx and Capgemini

Making the case for outsourcing payroll

During May, we hosted a series of virtual roundtables with a range of Heads of HR and Payroll. Whilst the conversations were wide ranging, in this article we will summarise a few of the key topics discussed and the conclusions reached.

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3 Reasons To Automate Your T&E Spend Process

3 reasons to automate your T&E spend process

This blog explores how automating your travel and expense spend process is essential for your business. Maximise your returns and minimise your spend with no or low added value, saving you both time and money.

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Hotel ibis Styles Arlon: from member of a large group to autonomous small structure

Changes of ownership have brought their share of challenges to Hotel ibis Styles Arlon, particularly in terms of HR. Today, the focus is on stability, even in working hours. The result: highly committed staff, relatively low staff turnover and loyal customers.

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How to write a winning business case for outsourced payroll [Free business case template]

In this practical guide, we’ll break down the process of writing a business case for moving to outsourced payroll into bite-sized chunks and provide you with practical tips when it comes to managing the process and presenting your case. We’ve also included a handy template for you to follow.

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The complete guide to outsourcing your payroll in 2021 [Free 121 business case support]

This guide will walk you through the process of outsourcing your payroll and show you how unexpectedly simple moving to managed payroll can be.

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Switching payroll for 2021 and beyond: What does a great provider offer?

Even if your payroll provider seems to be doing a good job, is it good enough? Are they primed to look after and optimise your payroll in 2021 and beyond? This helpful guide walks you through why it’s important to review payroll providers as we head into the ‘never normal’.

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Automated expense management software could help businesses get grip on compliance

How Expense Software Ensures Better Compliance

This blog uncovers how an automated Expense Management solution supports your organisation in achieving compliance with spend policies, travel policies and even regulatory requirements, gifting you with a more hands-free approach to employee expenses.

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Celebrating one year of Payroll Question Time

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Payroll Question time, we spoke to the panelists about how the industry has changed in the last 12 months, what HR and payroll professionals need to focus on in 2021 and beyond, and what’s next for Payroll Question Time?

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Why digital maturity is integral to the employee experience

This blog explores how digital HR can influence the entire employee lifecycle, creating innovative experiences to help every employee excel.

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Why HR analytics holds the key to evidence-based decision-making across the business

This blog explores the insights a modern people solution can bring to the wider business, overcoming the limitations of legacy systems for confident, agile decision-making.

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Strategic HR: How talent technology is revolutionising the game

Organisations vary in maturity regarding talent technology implementation. This blog explores the solutions available to attract, recruit, train and retain top talent in the ever-changing workplace, contributing to an agile reinvention of HR.

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Why automated travel and expense management is one of the most profitable process optimisations

For businesses looking to improve their core HR and people solutions, this blog explores the digitisation of travel and expense management and how it optimises several business areas.

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How payroll influences the entire employee lifecycle

In this blog, we outline how payroll influences the entire employee lifecycle and how a strategic approach can be the driver for change in your business or organisation.  

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Everything you need to know about moving to Managed Payroll

Everything you need to know about moving to Managed Payroll

Misconceptions around payroll outsourcing could be holding back your business. Our customers find that moving to a managed payroll service pays them back dividends, driving productivity, increasing ROI and giving payroll teams the opportunity to focus on strategic rather than tactical initiatives.

We understand that managed payroll can be a daunting topic, so we’ve put together some useful information to help you make an informed choice about your payroll strategy.

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Post-pandemic HR: Mastering remote workforce management (WFM)

This blog outlines how HR teams can master HR through remote workforce management (WFM) and thrive in the ‘new normal’.

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Show your employees what they really earn

Offering an interesting and competitive pay package, but not highlighting it afterwards, is a bit like a rainbow in the dark. As not even half of employees regularly look at their payslip, many will undoubtedly lose sight of what they actually earn. Pointlogic's software package inspire is an excellent tool for making it clear to employees what they receive in addition to their salary, and acts as an incentive for greater motivation and engagement.

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Busting the myths of switching payroll providers

 Don’t let perceptions about switching payroll provider stop you from improving your payroll. In this article, we debunk the five most common myths of changing payroll providers.

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Moving payroll provider? Tips for a smoother switch

 Follow our tips to make moving payroll suppliers as smooth as possible.

International Payroll
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How to effectively manage raise and promotion requests

No matter whether you're an experienced HR manager or a long-time business owner, raise and promotion requests are an aspect of HR that many people struggle with. In this guide, our HR experts are showing you how it's done. 

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How to process employees returning from furlough

Are you ready for the end of the UK furlough scheme? In this blog, we offer our expert advice on how to successfully process staff returning from furlough.

Workforce Management

How to adapt your onboarding strategy for a remote working environment

The pandemic has forced businesses to adapt their onboarding strategies to overcome new workplace challenges. With social distancing minimising face-to-face contact, and more people changing occupation than in pre-pandemic years. In this guide, we'll show you how to approach this change from a HR perspective

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How to realign company culture in 2021

In this article, we're taking a closer look at what can be done to realign your company culture in 2021 and the age of remote working.

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Benefits of creating new roles for existing talent

As your business grows, you may need to create new roles to satisfy demand. Learn how & why you should recruit internally to fill these positions here...

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5 implementation steps to ensure your outsourced payroll transition goes smoothly

5 implementation steps to ensure your outsourced payroll transition goes smoothly

The prospect of handing over responsibility for your payroll to an outsourced partner can be daunting enough, without having to worry about something going wrong during the implementation phase. In this blog, we explore 5 key steps to make sure the transition runs smoothly. 

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Why Payroll knowledge is retained within the business when outsourcing

Why Payroll knowledge is retained within the business when outsourcing

When senior HR or Finance leaders consider outsourcing payroll, one concern often raised is that they will lose knowledge, in the form of internal expertise or skilled personnel. When you take a closer look at how outsourcing works, however, you could make the case that the opposite is true.

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Why outsourcing takes the risk out of payroll

Why outsourcing takes the risk out of payroll

Payroll faces constant challenges caused by limited budgets, changing personnel, evolving technology, new legislation and more. Here’s why outsourced payroll remove the risk.

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7 compelling benefits that make Payroll outsourcing so appealing

7 compelling benefits, beyond cost reduction, that make Payroll outsourcing so appealing

While cost reduction is the one thing everyone will take into consideration, there are other supplementary reasons why organisations believe it’s best to outsource their payroll function.

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Why integration can be make or break for outsourced payroll

Why integration can be make or break for outsourced payroll

Integration has to be a priority consideration whenever an organisation is looking to choose an outsourced payroll partner. Our blog explores the key considerations.

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Outsourcing payroll is about gaining, not losing, control

Outsourcing payroll is about gaining, not losing, control

When it comes to outsourcing payroll, people often feel nervous. Relinquishing control to a third party is a big step. But are you really losing control when you outsource payroll? Our blog explores why this isn’t the case

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SD Worx 75: the full story

SD Worx 75: the full story

Celebrating an anniversary is always fun, and your 75th anniversary really shouldn't go unnoticed. "We need to celebrate it with lots of fun initiatives, all year round, both for our employees and for our customers" was the motto at the start of 2020. And so we rolled up our sleeves and went back to the drawing board: the campaign "SD Worx 75 – Let's Make Sparks Fly" was born!

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Guidelines for HR Professionals in 2021

Over the past year, HR too has had to deal with our modern version of the Big Bang. We all adopted a ‘new normal’, to use a trendy term. Hopefully 2021 will be better. Thanks to the vaccine - fingers crossed - we shall soon be getting back to our social lives and be able to meet our colleagues and customers in person again more often. The after-effects of the coronavirus will continue affecting HR developments in the year to come, however. We hereby present the most important insights and trends for the new year.

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How payroll can prevent a breakdown in employee trust

With workers concerned about their health and job security, it is vital payroll teams look at what they can do to improve confidence, so workers don’t lose faith in the company they work for. This blog examines how good payroll and workforce management can increase employee trust.

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Stay in control by outsourcing your payroll

Debunking outsourcing myths, this blog explains how you can confidently move to fully managed payroll whilst retaining and even improving control.

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Total talent management: preparing for constant change

What will 2021 bring? After such a turbulent year, it would be audacious to start making big statements. But one thing seems to be a given: ‘the old normal’ is not coming back. Even more, companies will quickly have to find a way to deal with the likelihood of ongoing changes. A good first step is building an agile workforce and valuing both internal and external mobility. To do so, you’ll need to embrace total talent management.

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How to turn your workspace into an employee experience centre

How to turn your workspace into an employee experience centre

COVID-19 has a great impact on employees, with mass homeworking as one of the most remarkable outcomes. Many companies are pulling out all the stops to establish viable homeworking policies, implement digital tools and create a renewed organisational culture. What’s often overlooked is the physical workspace. Although traditional offices are on their way out, they can re-emerge as employee experience centres.

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Why is payroll your secret weapon? Q&A with payroll expert Samantha Mann

Payroll expert and ex CIPP Policy Lead, Samantha Mann, tells us how she fell into the world of payroll and her predictions on how payroll will change in the next 10 years.

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What payroll professionals need to know about the new lockdown restrictions

The UK prime Minister announced new lockdown restrictions in response to increasing Coronavirus cases. What do the new restrictions mean for payroll and HR professionals in the UK? Find out more in our blog.

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Optimising collaboration in the post-pandemic workplace

 The workplace has adapted at an unprecedented pace in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with virtual working becoming the norm. This blog explores the challenges and opportunities of virtual collaboration and how to optimise working methods to keep your people happy and meet business objectives.

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How your people data can help improve gender equality and diversity in the workplace

Achieving gender equality and diversity is a priority for smart business leaders. This blog explores why equality is so important in the workplace and provides practical tips to help you drive equality in your organisation. Having a ‘single source of truth’ provides significant benefits that will assist HR, payroll and transformation leaders and their teams, as organisations seek to emerge from this global pandemic.

Today’s HR: how many hula hoops can you keep in the air?

Today's HR: how many hula hoops can you keep in the air?

Through on online survey conducted in June 2020, European payroll & HR services provider SD Worx tested how well UK companies are dealing with 6 crucial HR challenges. Each of those challenges consists of a subtle balancing act. Drop one or more hula hoops and you risk finding yourself a long way behind your competitors. Gracefully swirl all of them around and you’re bound to be successful. 

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Why ‘hard-headed HR bosses’ need one version of the truth

Having a ‘single source of truth’ provides significant benefits that will assist HR, payroll and transformation leaders and their teams, as organisations seek to emerge from this global pandemic.

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Is a skills gap threatening your digital transformation?

Digital transformation has led to an overhaul of the current workforce, with the Covid-19 pandemic compounding the need for change. But a skills gap in key areas could leave some businesses trailing behind. 

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The new era for strategic HR leaders | SD Worx UK & Ireland

This is a reset for HR, not a restart

HR thought leader, Graham White, shares his advice for HR leaders about the opportunity to reset and adopt new ways of working post pandemic.

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Get to grips with the Job Support Scheme | SD Worx UK & Ireland

How to find out if you are eligible for the Job Support Scheme

The government has announced the launch of policies and measures to protect jobs where businesses are facing lower demand over the winter months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Learn all about the job Support Scheme and whether you are eligible.

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How HR automation improves employee experience | SD Worx UK

How HR automation improves the employee onboarding experience

HR leaders know that onboarding new staff can be costly and time consuming. Discover how some businesses are using HR automation to streamline the process while improving employee experience.

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Why you should always be prepared for a payroll audit

As a leader in payroll and/or finance, you know that payroll is subject to HMRC rules that are complex and changeable. This blog explains the importance of benchmarking your payroll processes to ensure they are always ‘audit-friendly’ and efficiently adding value to your organisation.

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The hidden cost of in-house payroll

Revealing the hidden costs of in-house payroll

Revealing the hidden costs of in-house payroll vs. outsourcing, this blog presents a perspective that could save you money in the long-term, improve your payroll and help you stay competitive.

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4 things employees want from work (and it’s not free pizza)

4 things employees want from work (and it’s not free pizza)

As organisations start to come to terms with the new normal, they should be thinking about how to increase employee engagement as well as looking after safety. Fiona McKee, HR Director, at SD Worx UK and Ireland, shares her thoughts on how to create a workplace culture that employees will really believe in.

Flexible rewards: going fluid to match key priorities

COVID-19 has forced companies to reassess their priorities. Getting the basics right, such as payroll duties, is now by far the number one concern. Besides that, we see both a strong shift towards cost-efficiency and increased emphasis on employee experience, including personalisation and work-life balance. Although these three objectives could be met effectively by turning the spotlight on to flexible rewards, few companies seem to see the connection. 

The true cost of switching payroll providers

The true cost of switching payroll providers

It might have been costly to change payroll suppliers twenty years ago, but thanks to modern technology it doesn’t cost nearly as much as resource and time as you might think. Uncover the truth in our blog.

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It’s time for finance leaders to get serious about payroll

It's time for finance leaders to get serious about payroll

Businesses are waking up to the power of payroll. Agile financial leaders are prioritising investment in payroll technology and automation through SaaS or outsourced solutions. Read our blog to find out why.

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Why more CFOs are turning to outsourcing post-covid

Why more CFOs are turning to outsourcing post-covid

Savvy CFOs and finance leaders have spotted an opportunity to maximise ROI and increase operational resilience by outsourcing payroll operations. We explain the financial benefits in our blog.

Payroll fraud costs UK businesses £12 billion a year – here’s how to stop it

Payroll fraud costs UK businesses £12 billion a year – here’s how to stop it

Every year UK businesses lose £12 billion from payroll fraud. In this blog we’ll explain the common types of payroll fraud and share tips on how to stop it from happening to your business.

Furlough advice: Debunking salary sacrifice and benefits myths

Furlough advice: Debunking salary sacrifice and benefits in kind myths

Simon Parsons, Director of Compliance strategies, SD Worx UK, responds to the Government’s new advice regarding payrolling benefits in kind. 

Everything you need to know about the Government’s £2 billion Kickstart scheme

Everything you need to know about the Government’s £2 billion Kickstart scheme

Simon Parsons, Director UK Compliance Strategies, SD Worx UK & Ireland, discusses the Government’s Kickstart scheme which aims to create thousands of jobs for young people across the UK.

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National Payroll Week 2020

National Payroll Week: Championing your payroll pioneers. At SD Worx, we’re known for being the ‘Payroll People’ and we have some pretty amazing individuals who love payroll just as much as we do. But now it’s over to you. Who is YOUR payroll hero?

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5 things to consider when assessing your payroll maturity

As we emerge from Covid-19, one of the most economic and socially disrupting periods of our lifetime, it's critical for businesses to scrutinise and challenge their payroll operations. This is where the degree of your payroll maturity matters: it impacts your whole organisation, from operational efficiency and exposure to risk, to employee experience. 

7 ways WFM can help your business

7 ways a workforce management solution adds value to your organisation

Working smarter, becoming more efficient and driving cost savings are top of the list for most organisations, but many haven’t uncovered the missing link in their strategy: workforce management.

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How HR can enable organisational success beyond Covid-19

How HR can enable organisational success beyond Covid-19

HR leaders play a pivotal role in the future success of the workplace. Cathy Geerts, Chief HR Officer at SD Worx, explains more in her blog.

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5 things people get wrong about HR

Over the years, Fiona McKee, HR Director at SD Worx UK and Ireland, has heard many inaccurate, and often amusing, assumptions of what working in HR is like. She shares the most common misconceptions in her blog.

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6 reasons your HR and payroll struggled through Covid-19

6 reasons your HR and payroll struggled through Covid-19

It’s fair to say that HR and Payroll teams have been tested as the Covid-19 pandemic unfolded. But after several months of firefighting, many organisations recognise that they need to make significant changes to their payroll and HR operations. 

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Pandemic Proof Payroll

Pandemic proof payroll

How to build resilience into your new normal strategy

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The value of HR & Payroll in a post COVID-19 world

The value of HR & Payroll in a post COVID-19 world

Payroll and HR data has the potential to unlock strategic value that has not previously been so readily available and accurate.

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Debunking the myths of payroll outsourcing

Misconceptions around payroll outsourcing could be holding back your business. Our clients find that taking the step to outsource pays them back dividends, driving productivity and giving payroll teams the opportunity to focus on strategic rather than tactical initiatives. We understand that payroll outsourcing can be a daunting topic, so we have debunked some of the most common myths to help you make informed choices about your payroll strategy.

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Flexible furlough - Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Flexible furlough - Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has updated guidance in readiness for the commencement of the second part of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Simon Parsons, Director of Payments, Benefits & Compliance Strategies at SD Worx UK, shares his interpretation of the changes and what this could mean for employers.

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What happens when you first move to our managed service

What happens when you first move to our managed service

It’s natural to have concerns about moving your payroll operations to a managed supplier, but we’re here to put your mind at ease. We’ve got your back. Moving to our managed payroll service is not as complicated as you might think.

How long does managed payroll implementation take?

Managed payroll implementation doesn’t take as long to set up as you might think. Our dedicated implementation team will ensure the whole process runs smoothly. Take a look at our average timelines for implementation.

Your Payroll Team vs Our Payroll Pioneers

Your Payroll Team vs Our Payroll Pioneers

Payroll is essential to your business. You can’t afford to get it wrong. Our Managed Payroll Pioneers give you the best of both worlds; market-leading payroll software delivered by exceptional payroll professionals. Why settle for anything less?

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6 tips to boost engagement in your virtual workforce

6 tips to boost engagement in your virtual workforce

Are you prepared for the rise of the long-term home worker? Help your employees thrive while they are working from home with these top tips.

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5 ways our Payroll Gurus can support you through COVID-19

5 best practice tips for payroll continuity

As the pressure of payroll continues to amplify, here are some best practice tips to improve payroll continuity.

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5 big changes to HR in a post pandemic world

5 big changes to HR in a post pandemic world

The way we work is never going to be the same again. Find out which big changes will affect HR.

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Q&A with our Payroll guru: Your furlough & SSP questions answered

Q&A with our Payroll guru: Your furlough & SSP questions answered

Our resident payroll and legislation guru answers your questions about furlough and SSP.

Payroll must go on

Payroll must go on

Global Payroll Week is an annual opportunity to put the world of payroll in the spotlight. At SD Worx, we have relied on our payroll specialists during the past month more than ever before. Despite the unravelling pandemic  and the most bizarre social circumstances we have faced in a long while, all salaries were processed smoothly and on time. That's quite a feat.

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5 ways our Payroll Gurus can support you through COVID-19

5 ways our Payroll Gurus can support you through COVID-19

We’re here to help your payroll stay consistent during uncertain times. Find out how our experts can support you during this time.

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Workforce management, your secret weapon in a crisis (and beyond)

Workforce management, your secret weapon in a crisis (and beyond)

The right workforce management module can help businesses stay afloat during these tough times and avoid common pitfalls.

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3 measures to support your home workforce

3 measures to support your home workforce

Hundreds of UK businesses have asked staff to work from home to combat Coronavirus. Can these measures help your remote workforce?

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Our Sales Directors’ guide to motivating your remote team

Our Sales Director's guide to motivating your remote team

In our second #KeepItHuman interview, Oliver Mead, SD Worx Sales Director, discusses how he’s helping his team to adapt to remote working.

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Keep Britain Paid: Statutory Sick Pay Guidelines for employers

How does COVID-19 affect employee pensions?

Discover how Coronavirus is affecting employee pensions and get to grips with The Pension Regulators advice.

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Latest SD Worx Covid-19 Customer Information

Latest SD Worx Covid-19 Customer Information

Discover the latest customer information update from SD Worx regarding the Covid-19 virus. 

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Our Payroll Services Director's tips to keep operations running smoothly

Our Payroll Services Director's tips to keep operations running smoothly

Paul Thickett, SD Worx Payroll Services Director, shares how he’s keeping the UK paid and motivating his team during this challenging time.

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Keep Britain Paid: Statutory Sick Pay Guidelines for employers

Keep Britain Paid: Statutory Sick Pay Guidelines for employers

We’ll help you make sense of the government’s advice on Statutory Sick Pay and taking care of your employees during COVID-19.

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Keep Britain Paid: Statutory Sick Pay Guidelines for employers

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – What you need to know about ‘furlough’

Has your business temporarily closed? Find out how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme could support your business. 

The Coronavirus: A message from our CEO

The Coronavirus: A message from our CEO

The COVID-19 virus situation is developing rapidly and affecting us all, both personally and economically. We want to assure you that we are here for you, and that you and your employees can continue to count on our services. 

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Holiday Pay 2020 – Are You Ready?

Holiday Pay 2020 – Are You Ready?

There have been many publications about the Good Work Plan over the past 18 months and it can be confusing to work through complex, legislative documentation to understand how you stay compliant. While the good work plan covers many topics, this blog aims to take you through one aspect of this, Holiday Pay, and asks the simple question – are you ready for the changes?

What is innovative payroll and why do you need it?

Until recently, payroll has not been given high strategic importance and so has never needed to be particularly innovative. The modern, fast-evolving workforce is now driving significant changes to this status quo however, with both managers and employees looking to embrace disruptive technology that helps the business to innovate and transform.

Key technology for the future Payroll & HR function

Key technology for the future Payroll & HR function

Our recent report looking at The Workforce of the Future reveals enlightening predictions from senior industry professionals on the social and economic shifts organisations will need to embrace by 2025. 

It’s time to review your payroll strategy

Senior professionals predict major changes to the workforce by 2025. According to our research The Workforce of the Future, working part-time, freelance or being able to choose hours/days will be favoured over traditional working styles. Employees will expect more support and advice on financial matters, and Payroll and HR will align more closely to provide this. Payroll will become much more influential in attracting and retaining employees. As a result, 78% of professionals say that payroll needs to evolve and innovate, and technology will be key. 

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Out of office: How to prepare for holiday leave this summer

With summer just around the corner, businesses face the inevitable yearly challenge of balancing an influx of annual leave requests with keeping the company running at full capacity. Absence management is a vital, yet often overlooked part of running a business – get it wrong and the impact of summer holidays can last all year round.

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Payroll of the future: personalised technology

A recent ‘Workplace of the Future’ survey of 250 industry professionals revealed that 88% of CFOs and CHROs expect an increase in payroll technology investment by 2025. Why? The world of work is changing rapidly and to prepare for the workforce of the future, businesses must start adapting, quickly.

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Strategic data: unlocking HR's secret weapon

Businesses are failing to recognise the importance of data managed by HR teams. Equally HR professionals are not yet skilled enough in data to harness its power and help secure their future strategic function within an organisation. Something has to change.

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So Much More Than Payroll: Employer Responsibility in the Modern Workforce

News of poor payroll can spread like wildfire. The sign of a good payroll function is often that it takes place quietly in the background. If it goes wrong however, it can have a catastrophic impact on both employees and the business as a whole.

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A wake-up call from the future

Everyone remembers the technology from their youth, in my case the 80’s and 90’s. I grew up with mobile phones becoming a must have commodity, with the accompanying generation of speed texters. I also grew up with the emergence of the first affordable home PC, allowing me and my friends the opportunity to explore that new ‘thing’ called the internet.

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The Living Wage: Engagement, Efficiency and Empowerment

I just don’t understand why organisations do not see the Living Wage, and I mean the Living Wage, NOT the government’s rebranded minimum wage (National Living Wage), as an *opportunity*. This is an opportunity to increase “engagement”, “efficiency” and to “empower” employees. Yet far too many organisations just see it as yet another cost they have to accommodate.

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Let us tell you a beeautiful story...

SD Worx are proud to support We Love MCR charity, via the purchase of our very own bee, at the recent Bee in the City Auction! 

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Using Analytics and AI to Build a Better HR Strategy

More than anything, this year’s data highlights the need for a new and more agile approach to HR. Conservative strategies simply aren’t going to cut it going forwards, because by the time the ink is dry, things will have moved on. Increasing business agility is now the #2 business driver for 86% of HR professionals, second only to increasing performance and profitability.

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Where to start when implementing a T&A system - Part 1

This article covers all aspects of T&A functionality ranging from how to create effective workload plans, building rosters, collecting and validating variable time information, implementing business and legislative validation, and finally ensuring correct payments to employees by integrating with an industry-leading payroll solution.


Why Payroll should embrace disruptive technology

‘Disruptive’ technology is technology that replaces old ways of doing things. For example, the smartphone has revolutionised the way we interact with friends, family, institutions & media. When SD Worx launched online payslips in 1999 this was met with concern around security & access. Fast-forward to 2018, and no credible provider is without a mobile payslip. In short the smartphone has disrupted the market and most people have moved on from paper.

 

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Pick n Mix - How to reward your employees! Part 2

How do UK businesses tend to approach reward currently? Is there a shift in approach and if so, what is causing this?

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Pick n Mix - How to reward your employees! Part 1

How do UK businesses tend to approach reward currently? Is there a shift in approach and if so, what is causing this?

Does a rigid payroll cycle meet the needs of a flexible workforce in promoting Financial Wellbeing

Financial wellness is a hot topic across all worker types and generations. Employees are demanding more control, greater flexibility and better access to their finances. How can employers better support their employees in this regard?

Leadership

How to get more done in 12 weeks than in a whole year

Have you ever felt that you and your team could achieve more, be more productive and efficient at work, but every time you started, you get caught up in the detail and lose that laser-sharp focus? Even from a personal perspective, you want to explore a new health-kick, but life just keeps getting in the way? Well this blog for you...

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2018 is all about Digitising your HR Function

Autonomous Vehicles And Smart Warehouses Are So Last Year – 2018 Is All About Digitising Your HR Function.

Hear from our CEO Steven Van Hoorebeke during an interview with The Business Debate.

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4 ways to practice healthier habits around the office

Most Human Resources departments work to maximise the bottom line of organisations, many HR professionals tackle this objective by focusing primarily on corporate health and wellness. The thinking here is fairly simple – if you can build a healthier workforce, they’re likely to be more productive each day, which ultimately translates to a more profitable business.

SD Worx European Conference: Driving Collaboration in the HR and Payroll Industry

On 6th February at Hilton Park Lane in London, we joined HR and payroll professionals from across the globe for the SD Worx European Conference 2018. With the "Future of Collaboration: HR leading the way" theme, this one-of-a-kind event played host to industry-leading experts, practitioners and organisations.

Payslip law changes April 2019 – ‘For the hour is nigh and the day soon at hand’

The law requires that a payslip is provided to all employees each time they are paid. The exception to this legal requirement means that for the following there is no obligation to provide a payslip, non-employees: contractors, freelancers and workers. There are additional categories where a payslip is not required: police service; merchant seaman; master and crew of share fishing vessel.

Workforce Management

Top 10 benefits of working from home

Improved productivity heads the list of the top 10 benefits of working from home. As more workers seek a greater work/life balance, working from home is becoming increasingly popular.

HR Legislation

How DuPont makes GDPR a natural behaviour

If you want to learn best practice in handling data in light of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), you can do no better than to look at DuPont. Now part of science giant DowDuPont following a merger last year, data is part of the DNA of the organisation and it has a long history of embedding data protection into its culture.

Technology

Time, technology and talent: what five generations want from today’s workplace

Millennials: entitled, lazy job hoppers. Gen X: cynical and poor team players. Baby Boomers: out of touch, independent, money-driven workaholics. And what about the iGen: those house-bound, tech-obsessed kids who were born with a smartphone in their hand? These stereotypes are bandied around regularly, but is there really any truth in them? And do different generations expect to be treated differently by their employers?

HR

Payroll Services Alliance attends SD Worx European Conference 2018

On Tuesday 6th February, at Hilton Park Lane in London, we were delighted to join our partner SD Worx at its European Conference 2018.The theme for the day was close to our heart: ‘The Future of Collaboration’. This unique event played host to the industry's most influential experts, practitioners and businesses, attracting leading HR and payroll professionals from all over the world. 

HR

A reflection of my first SD Worx European Conference

Adam Burgess, Business Development Manager at SD Worx UK & Ireland reflects on his first experience of an SD Worx conference. SD Worx hosted its 22nd Annual European Conference at the Park Lane Hilton in London in February 2018, with "The Future of Collaboration" as its 2018 theme.

HR Legislation

Top 5 lessons on GDPR from the SD Worx European Conference

Here are the top five lessons on implementing GDPR from the session with Gert Beeckmans, Chief Risk and Security Officer at SD Worx, and Frank Rudolf, Director of Payroll at PAREXEL from the SD Worx European Conference 2018, held in London on 6th February.

HR Legislation

How to prepare for GDPR: the clock is ticking!

With just three months to go until the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, the clock is ticking for HR and payroll managers to get the systems and processes in place to ensure compliance. The regulation, coming into effect on 25 May 2018, updates data rights for today’s networked world, and organisations ignore it at their peril.

HR Legislation

Paternity tips for dads to be

Clark Hoy, Business Development Manager at SD Worx UK & Ireland shares his top tips for all the new dads and dads to be (D2B) regarding all things paternity!

HR

Multigenerational workforce; are the differences a myth?

At the SD Worx European Conference, held at the Park Lane Hilton on Tuesday 6 February, a panel of six individuals from different generations gave their thoughts on age-based stereotypes, their personal values, career aspirations, the challenges they’ve encountered and what, if anything, can be done to address the differences between the age brackets within the workplace.  

HR

Egos are not present within our business: A reflection of BKO 2018

As a Business Development Manager, I am often invited to most company events. Certainly anything client or prospect facing, and usually internal gatherings too. The SD Worx Business Kick Off 2018 was no different. Hosted in Manchester over the course of 2 days, we had a packed agenda and over a hundred colleagues in attendance, all ready to be WOW’ed.

Health

10 tips for getting a good night’s sleep

Sleep is one of the most important things our body does to recover. It increases productivity during the day and helps you maintain a healthy mind. Here are ten tips brought to you by SD Worx to help you make sure you’re getting a good night’s sleep. 

Technology

The new era of HR: digital transformation

With the aim to build a model employee experience, HR departments are compelled to rewrite the rules by revolutionising talent practices. Human resource management is designed to maximise staff performance, and the HR department should be a key component in an organisation’s digital transformation.

Technology

Top 3 technology trends set to shake up HR and Payroll

Technology is the wheel that never stops turning. If Moore’s Law is to be believed, the sheer power of processing units will have doubled within two years – and that means plenty of new pieces of tech that could shake up HR and payroll processes. With that in mind, here are three technological trends that could significantly alter your industry.

Outsourcing
In-house payroll Vs Managed Services |SD Worx

In-house payroll vs managed service

This article is intended to give a balanced view of payroll software versus payroll services. In the UK, the markets for payroll software and service co-exist and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

HR

Don’t believe the hype! Lip service with the ISO 27001 standard

As an employee who has the privilege of representing SD Worx to an awful lot of prospective clients, I get to hear what’s important to the market straight from key decision makers. ISO 27001, and data security in general, is one of the hottest topics in our market space.

The end of the road for the company car?

With the ever-increasing benefit costs for company cars for both the employee and the employer, and the new rules for Optional Remuneration Arrangements (OpRA), is a company car as cost-effective as it once was?

International Payroll

Global payroll: The challenge of looking local

Globalisation is a word synonymous with the rise of industry. However, recently we may have heard it thrown around a boardroom alongside the other generic buzzwords, and as such something about it becomes disjointed and bereft of purpose. In reality, globalisation is a powerful force – something that should be cultivated and respected in the corporate world.

Christmas is coming to payroll teams

During Christmas and the associated holiday season, payroll managers experience some annual adjustments and events. Simon Parsons takes us through some of the festive benefits – and the associated tax implications.

New Year resolutions – preparing for the UK new tax year

UK payroll managers have a new year window of 3 months to prepare for the much older UK (and Isle of Man) new tax year start. With the setting of new year resolutions, it is a good time for payroll professionals in the UK to review their preparations on items which are not purely system change, but challenge process and rules within employment.

International Payroll

The legal obligations of processing data under GDPR: Part 2

Retention of the personal data is ‘lawful basis’ where it is necessary, for compliance with a legal obligation, for the exercise or defence of legal claims. For Payroll and HR reasons, employers must hold and retain personal information about their employees and former employees to meet these legal requirements.

Workforce Management

It works to say 'Please' and 'Thank You'

In our fast paced world, it can sometimes feel like people are out for themselves, chivalry is on the way out, and people say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ less and less. I find myself more often than not standing in front of till making a purchase, and when the transaction is complete I say ‘thank you’ but receive no response in return. I leave annoyed.

International Payroll

The legal obligations of processing data under GDPR: Part 1

GDPR is set to see the biggest shake-up in the way we handle data since the Data Protection Act of 1998. Over the last few years, the processing and control of data has seen many systematic changes. Updated legal obligations set out in the Regulation such as the ‘lawful basis’ of the processing of data is sure to see more changes to data handling.

HR Legislation

It's all a question of gender!

Read Simon Parson's latest blog where he answers the frequently asked question: 'Do you know if HMRC are likely to want us to include more options for employees that may be transitioning or don’t identify themselves with either gender?'

Technology

AI & HR: the impacts on the transactional processes in Human Resources

The terms artificial intelligence and robotics are often used synonymously but are quite different, albeit complementary, in their application. Robotics, in simple terms, means process automation - using technology to remove human intervention in some of the lower value add activities such as information keying, data analysis and performing complex calculations. Artificial intelligence is a somewhat different concept

International Payroll

International Employees and UK PAYE complexities

Increasingly within global organisations we see that individuals have increasing international activity throughout a business’ empire with differing national fiscal obligations. Impact on employees and compliance with a variety of national fiscal government obligations brings into play significant complexities. Some will be available within Payroll Software or service, whereas others, a little more obscure, may require special handling. For UK Payroll, there are a variety of variants (to the normal) Pay As You Earn (PAYE) obligations.

International Payroll

PAYE Modernisation and Real Time Reporting (RTR)

Effective from 1st January 2019, The Irish Revenue Commissioners (or Revenue) are set to introduce the biggest change to PAYE reporting since 1944, in the form of PAYE Modernisation / Real Time Reporting (RTR).

International Payroll

The challenges of managing payroll systems in different countries

The topic of a managing global payroll systems has been voiced by many thoughts leaders in the industry. In our previous blog, Doug Sawers, Managing Director of SD Worx UK & Ireland went into detail on the matter. This week, we sat down with David Munn, Director of Global Payroll Services, where he shares his views. 

Leadership

The Path to Gold (Part 2 of 2)

Traditionally in a relay, the fastest team member goes last, with the second fastest giving the team a good start at the front. The other two run or swim in the middle section of the race. A smooth baton changeover is usually seen as essential to a good race – and is often where it is won or lost.

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