If you’re tempted to move this complex business matter into the hands of an external provider, it’s important to remember that there are both pros and cons of outsourcing payroll.
Every business needs systems and processes to manage its workforce, particularly in recent times with significant new challenges. This blog explains how integrating Workforce Management and Payroll could enhance productivity and reduce the need for multiple platforms and clunky spreadsheets.
We look at why payroll outsourcing success needs to be measured, along with our expert advice on the key KPIs for payroll that you should be analysing.
The blog explores why this is the ideal time to ensure you are well-placed to respond to the new normal in Workforce Management – or face being left behind by more digital-savvy competition.
There are key differences between local and international human resource management (IHRM) that make managing HR from an international position more complex. We take a look at what the differences are, and how they can best be managed.
Workforce management software brings significant gains for your organisation as a whole, but what about your employees? This blog explores how the right workforce management solution empowers your employees.
The blog highlights ways a workforce management solution can help you to be better prepared for any opportunities and challenges your business might face, helping you to achieve a steady balance between stability and flexibility.
Here are our simple steps to ensuring a successful payroll implementation process when transitioning to a payroll outsourcing partner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This guide will walk you through the process of outsourcing your payroll and show you how unexpectedly simple moving to managed payroll can be.
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’.
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.
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?
This blog explores how digital HR can influence the entire employee lifecycle, creating innovative experiences to help every employee excel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This blog outlines how HR teams can master HR through remote workforce management (WFM) and thrive in the ‘new normal’.
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.
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.
Follow our tips to make moving payroll suppliers as smooth as possible.
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.
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.
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
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.
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...
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.
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.
Payroll faces constant challenges caused by limited budgets, changing personnel, evolving technology, new legislation and more. Here’s why outsourced payroll remove the risk.
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.
Integration has to be a priority consideration whenever an organisation is looking to choose an outsourced payroll partner. Our blog explores the key considerations.
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
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!
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.
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.
Debunking outsourcing myths, this blog explains how you can confidently move to fully managed payroll whilst retaining and even improving control.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HR thought leader, Graham White, shares his advice for HR leaders about the opportunity to reset and adopt new ways of working post pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Simon Parsons, Director of Compliance strategies, SD Worx UK, responds to the Government’s new advice regarding payrolling benefits in kind.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to build resilience into your new normal strategy
Payroll and HR data has the potential to unlock strategic value that has not previously been so readily available and accurate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
As the pressure of payroll continues to amplify, here are some best practice tips to improve payroll continuity.
The way we work is never going to be the same again. Find out which big changes will affect HR.
Our resident payroll and legislation guru answers your questions about furlough and SSP.
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.
We’re here to help your payroll stay consistent during uncertain times. Find out how our experts can support you during this time.
The right workforce management module can help businesses stay afloat during these tough times and avoid common pitfalls.
Hundreds of UK businesses have asked staff to work from home to combat Coronavirus. Can these measures help your remote workforce?
In our second #KeepItHuman interview, Oliver Mead, SD Worx Sales Director, discusses how he’s helping his team to adapt to remote working.
Discover how Coronavirus is affecting employee pensions and get to grips with The Pension Regulators advice.
Discover the latest customer information update from SD Worx regarding the Covid-19 virus.
Paul Thickett, SD Worx Payroll Services Director, shares how he’s keeping the UK paid and motivating his team during this challenging time.
We’ll help you make sense of the government’s advice on Statutory Sick Pay and taking care of your employees during COVID-19.
Has your business temporarily closed? Find out how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme could support your business.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
‘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
How do UK businesses tend to approach reward currently? Is there a shift in approach and if so, what is causing this?
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?
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?'
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
Since the introduction of workplace pension via Pension reform automatic enrolments (AE) since October 2012, there has been a slow introduction of legal requirements placed on UK PLC to provide workplace pension meeting legal minimum requirement. The early staging date employers have even hit triennial re-enrolment points to re-capture those who have previously opted out.
“Stand still and the rest of the world will walk past you,” said Marc Woods, speaking in February 2017. However, doing nothing would have been very easy for this particular speaker. When Marc was aged 17, he was diagnosed with bone cancer and subsequently had his left leg amputated below the knee.
The payroll industry is fundamentally no different to any other in that success is typically delivered relevant to the quality of the individuals providing a service. As such, attracting and retaining the right people is critical. The job market has changed significantly over the last twenty years and the pace of change continues to be even faster. People displaying the right attitude and aptitude is appearing to be more important than those with just job skills and experience.
Two thousand and seventeen; another major year of technological advancements. Technology evolution has been at its fastest pace and for ‘Millennials’, technology has become an important part of their daily routine. For the purpose of this blog, we specifically refer to mobile technologies and pair ‘mobile’ with ‘cloud’ as we can hardly talk about mobile unless we associate it with its equally important partner, the cloud.
Employer representatives sitting on the Statutory Payments Consultation Group have been pleading with the various government agencies involved in Statutory Payments to make clearer what employers have to do to comply with Maternity Rights, especially in light of the extension of rights to non-cash benefits.
The gig economy has disrupted the status quo of work with its capability to affect economies around the world and has transformed industries by instant disruption through digital innovation.
Some commentators argue it is a terrifying future; others have a more positive outlook suggesting this disruption unlocks opportunities that must be embraced so society can evolve and improve.
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018. It applies to any organisation that processes the personal data of
EU citizens regardless of where they are situated. Brexit won’t let UK companies off the hook as the government has announced that the legislation
will be brought into UK law.
This article focuses on the P45(1) Leaver, practices currently undertaken by many payroll offices, the potential challenge of in-year filing requirements and also compliance with the relevant regulations.
In order to get to understand Alabaster, we recommend that you know a little about the case precedent behind it.
A few years ago, what was then Ernst and Young (now EY) reported in its paper Global Payroll: Myth or Reality? that 55% of multinational firms believed that single provider global payroll vendors didn’t exist.
Payroll managers still receive instruction from HR departments and solicitors that a termination payment must be taxed at Basic Rate. Why these continue to be demanded since the rules changed on payment after leaving we do not know.
In some tax years, the way pay dates fall for weekly based payrolls means that an employer ends up making one more payment than usual to employees at the end of the tax year.
For weekly payroll this is known as a Week 53, for a 27th fortnightly payroll a Week 54, and for a 14th Lunar a Week 56 payment.
In Part 1 of Peter's blog, he went into detail on the importance of customer success and the value of customer relationships, growth and retention. This week, Peter talks about strengthening these relationships by community-building.
Year on year, Payroll accounts for an ever-increasing contribution to the UK economy through Tax and National Insurance. This week, in partnership with CIPP, we're celebrating the impact of payroll on business.
So, in celebration of National Payroll week, we spoke with Lisa Brew, nominee for CIPP’s Payroll Professional of the Year 2017, to gain insight as to what a day in the life of a Payroll Manager entails.
This week, in partnership with CIPP, we’re celebrating National Payroll Week where we recognise the impact of payroll on business and the contribution it makes to the UK economy - £418 million annually!
To kick off our celebration, we sat down for a payroll-themed Q&A session with Simon Parsons, one of the most influential names in the industry and our Director of Payments, Benefits & Compliance Strategies.
In this article, Simon Parsons offers updated advice for employers on how to ensure that the New Starter Checklist (formerly P46 form) is submitted correctly.
In 2015, our customer team delivered its growth target with 80% coming from strong NPS promoters; the vast majority of these opportunities were uncompetitive. It’s pretty clear that customer success should be of paramount importance to any organisation, but how does one go about ensuring this success?
There was once a level of anxiety surrounding smart working and its impending implementation in the workplace. Once thought of as merely a fruitless buzzword, smart working has caused a lot of confusion due to its previously indefinite or unclear meaning. Surely we should all be working smart? And how exactly can you define ‘smart’?
Everyone at SD Worx is extremely proud of the work we do to raise funds for our own registered charity, The PayBack Foundation. Now in its twentieth year,
our colleagues have raised over £600K, helping over 700 local families!
Our Head of Legal, Leon Daniel, has written some useful information on GDPR and what it might mean for your organisation. This is the second of a series of articles on the steps we are taking at SD Worx to ensure GDPR compliance.
As an employee, sometimes it’s not clear what everything actually means on your payslip. To help educate the nation, we’ve created a list of some of the most common terms that can appear on your payslip, along with an associated description.
Our Head of Legal, Leon Daniel, has written some useful information on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and what it might mean for your organisation. This is the first of a series of articles on the new Regulation and will cover the steps we are taking at SD Worx to ensure GDPR compliance.
Welcome to the fourth industrial revolution, hailed by many as an era of change in which industries and organisations adapt to rapidly developing smart technology that automate working processes which would previously have been undertaken by humans. But is this something to celebrate when we consider the potential upheaval or individuals and businesses?
I started my week of work experience at a digital marketing agency with the intention to find out more about what working in an agency would entail, and hopefully to get insight to an option for future work. I was excited to come to work as I had never previously been in a working environment.
Part two of our blog, our Commercial Director John Cusack and Business Development Manager Steve Knapman, built upon the information outlined by Mercer in part 1 – and discuss how SD Worx’s analysis tools can provide you with in-depth statistics on the gender pay gap. Read more on some of the useful points that we took away from the webinar...
Minimum pay is governed by employment law, and breach is criminal; HM Revenue & Customs are charged with policing its application based on a number of significant factors and structures. In this blog, our Director of Payment, Benefits & Compliance Strategies, Simon Parsons, discusses critical touch points for compliance and recent payroll error examples regarding this legal requirment.
There’s no real definition of part-time work in terms of hours. The definition just means fewer hours per week than a full-time job. But there’s still a stigma attached to part-time or flexible working. Flexible working is often associated with women returning to work after maternity leave or having to fit jobs around a school run or even working in low paid or low skilled professions. This view is a tad outdated to say the least.
At SD Worx, we believe it is important to keep a healthy work-life balance. A healthy work-life balance should be a necessity, but many employers don’t take the appropriate steps to ensure that their workers are implementing this concept. Here are some top tips!
The gender pay gap has been a hot topic for years, dominating discussion in the media and in boardrooms. Seemingly refusing to close, the gap stood at 9.4% in 2016, down from 17.4% in 1997. While the UK is getting nearer and nearer to gender parity in pay, figures suggest it still has a long way to go...
The 14th and 15th June marked the Human Resources Software Show (HRSS) hosted by CIPD. Whilst some of us were making our way to the beaches and ice cream parlours, HR professionals were flocking to Olympia in Kensington for updates in HR technology and ice-cold slush puppies!
Having a one-to-one with your team members is vital to ensuring they feel valued. They’ll have the chance to address their concerns to you and understand their place in the organisation a little more. Our Head of HR, Fiona McKee, shares top tips on how to coordinate a productive one-to-one meeting with your team members.
Provided you’ve done the right research, implementing a new payroll solution will streamline your business and help you save the long run. But put the wrong payroll solution in place, or implement it in the wrong way, and you could end up having a bumpy road as you learn new systems which seem to delay your payroll rather than make it more efficient.
In this blog, our Head of Solutions, Rick Norgate, looks at the pros and cons of the cloud to really understand its impact in the future of business and GDPR.
Nobody is safe, according to many scientists and technology gurus. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robots will soon to be able to do almost everything better than humans and will take over most jobs, including that of a doctor, lawyer and other professionals. Our Managing Director, Doug Sawers, shares his thoughts...
HR Tech World Congress, the UK’s biggest annual HR technology show, took place at the ExCel in London last week with the theme of "The Future of Work". It was a fantastic two-day event attended by more than 3,500 exhibitors and delegates, with plenty of interesting speakers! Read our highlights from the event...
You will be aware that a great deal of our Employment Law is what we call “European law”. What will happen to those laws when we are no longer a member of the EU?
The global cloud-based payroll market is growing and will post an impressive compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of almost 7% by 2020, according to analyst, Technavio, which finds that the benefit of “cloud over on-premises solutions is a key factor leading to the moderate growth of this market over the next four years.”
2017 is going to be both interesting & challenging. With Brexit and changing government leadership much is to be done and quickly. Now is the time for the business to come together and plan for change...
Technology in the workplace is not a new phenomenon but a continuous drive towards automation which has been taking place to varying degrees since the rise of Manchester Capitalism and the Industrial Revolution. As such, there is much we can learn from history regarding the nature of work...
As the business world becomes ever more disparate and global, it comes as no surprise that managing payroll across multiple markets is presenting more challenges than ever before. To delve into the issues at hand, our SD Worx Global solution and services team recently conducted pan-European research to gauge a better understanding of the key payroll challenges impacting modern multinationals, as well as the changes that industry professionals want to see in the New Year.
The year 2016 has been a fairly strange one; the UK voted to leave the European Union, David Cameron resigned, we had our second female prime minister, many ministerial heads shuffled, the pound crashed, stock markets went up at their highest and Lynn Homer of HMRC retired! There is much to do to progress Britain into prosperity for the future...
As we have seen in the news this week robotics and AI are quickly becoming a real thing in both business and the home. In the next few years we will see more and more of this type of technology taking on more and more of the administrative type roles in businesses around the world. In this blog, I share my thoughts on this trend and some of my very own personal experiences...
2016 has been an eventful year, with lots of social and political change occurring around the world. Change, of course, can be a great thing – it can bring new perspective and a fresh outlook, something which also holds true in the context of business and HR. And with the New Year fast approaching, now is an opportune time to start planning.
We were delighted to exhibit at HR Tech World 2016 in Paris. Check out our short video here to get a flavour of this successful event.
Payroll is a standard pillar that all businesses need to get right in order to avoid inefficiency and increased costs. Despite this, many organisations are still working with outdated and ineffective payroll systems that eat into valuable HR time, and business profit. So if you’re a payroll or HR professional with a plan to streamline costs and processes in 2017 but don’t know where to begin, here are four key things to help you get the New Year off to a good start...
Never before has it been more vital for businesses to optimise the ideas, strengths and skills of their entire workforce – and of others within their industry and beyond. Is it time for HR to become more proactive? Hear Doug's thoughts, MD of SD Wrox UK & Ireland, on HR and its role in the future of work.
Step back in time five years and you would struggle to move for articles and white papers on big data and analytics. These were the hottest topics in technology and the excitement surrounding them was at its peak. Last year, analyst Gartner dropped its hype cycle for Big Data, confirming in an article, entitled: The Demise of Big Data, Its Lessons and the State of Things to Come” that “we did it to move the big data discussion past hype and into practice”. Certainly when it comes to the HR arena, big data and the analytics tools that can be built on top of it are now in a maturing phase.