How do you get through 6,500 payroll a month? We say, we don’t. We rely a lot on SD Worx.
ODEON Case Study
Jacquie Ross Head of UK&I Business

Founded back in 1930, ODEON is the largest and best-known cinema chain in the UK and Ireland. Famous the world over, their flagship theatre in Leicester Square – ODEON Luxe – has hosted over 700 of Europe’s biggest film premieres since the 1930s. Today they are owned by AMC Entertainment, the largest movie exhibition company in the world, who have a passion for film and delivering a complete cinematic experience to their customers, as well as a rewarding working environment for their employees.


  • The small in-house team struggles to cope with the scale and complexity of payroll and is constantly tied up in administrative problems.
  • The current platform is cumbersome and unfriendly, making it unnecessarily complex for the team to manage the constantly changing numbers of seasonal staff.
  • Group policy trickles down so global standards put additional pressure on the team to go above and beyond what’s required to enhance security and compliance.


  • Outsourcing payroll to the experts takes the administrative burden off the team and allows them to focus on tasks that add value to the wider business.
  • Using a solution that easily scales up and down enables the business to add or remove employee information with ease and conduct instant calculations of payroll changes.
  • Taking advantage of cloud-based software means any legislation changes are automatically updated, while expert advice on interpreting and understand changes is readily on-hand.

Benefits & Impact

  • Efficient and timely reporting of useful information through self-service or on request
  • Advice and support on vital legislation updates from recognised industry experts
  • Access to a bigger forum of knowledge from the SD Worx community
  • Best practice support and implementation to ensure optimal performance
  • Paperless and self-service functionality for employees to book or buy holidays
  • Historical online payslips, whether for the 12 months previous or the last pay period
  • Assistance with and guidance on completing the P11D process