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Emma Clare

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Lessons in integration: An insider's guide to HR software

Posted by Emma Clare

18/01/16 10:30

If you are looking for an integrated Payroll and HR system this post will help you understand the often confusing terminology used by solutions providers and to identify which solutions will meet you expectations…and which ones will not. 

Featured topics:
  • Integration
  • Reporting
  • Modular systems

Discover the sales language...versus the reality.

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Topics: HR Software Guides

Why post-based HR software delivers the biggest efficiency benefits

Posted by Emma Clare

11/01/16 10:17

If you are in the process of evaluating a number of different HR Information Systems (HRIS) then it may seem to you that many of the products on offer are rather similar. So how do you make a choice?

It is important to look beyond the aesthetics to two fundamental factors which will have a huge impact on the long term efficiencies that your HR software will be able to deliver. One is the level of integration it offers with other systems (for example your payroll software) and the other is whether it is a person or establishment-based solution. 

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Topics: HR Software Guides

Female managers over 40 suffer 35 percent pay gap

Posted by Emma Clare

11/01/16 10:07

Original article by the HRDIRECTOR

The pay gap for women in management roles over the age of 40 stands at 35 percent, more than 10 percent higher than the average, according to research shared today by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) at the Women and Equalities Select Committee.

In her submission of evidence to the committee, expert witness Ann Francke, Chief Executive of CMI warned that there was little in the professional body’s data to suggest this pay gap will disappear anytime soon. If anything, female managers over the age of 40 today face a bigger gender pay gap than a decade ago.

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Topics: HR Software Guides

A third of employees would prefer flexible working over a pay rise

Posted by Emma Clare

04/01/16 11:46


A third (34%) of employees would prefer a more flexible approach to working hours than a 3% pay rise.

Investors in People's Job Exodus Trends poll asked respondents to choose between two scenarios – a 3% pay rise in line with recent UK increases, or a different non-remuneration benefit.

As well as those looking for a more flexible working life, nearly a third (28%) said they would rather have a clear career progression route and a quarter (24%) would prefer their employer invested in their training and development more.

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Topics: Time and Attendance Guides, HR Software Guides

Infographic: The Cost of Work Christmas Party Hangovers

Posted by Emma Clare

15/12/15 14:53

An office Christmas party is a chance for employee morale boosting after a year of hard work. A chance for everyone to unwind and have an evening of fun with colleagues.

But this can often end up as a bit too much fun as our light hearted infographic shows!

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Topics: HR and Payroll News

How to Download HMRC Messages into Uniwage Payroll Software

Posted by Emma Clare

09/12/15 15:25

Did you know that your Uniwage Payroll Software includes the functionality to download messages direct from the HMRC website? Here's how...

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Topics: Payroll Software Guides

Why zero-hours contract employees are as happy as full-time staff

Posted by Emma Clare

04/12/15 10:24

Original article by 

Staff on zero-hours contracts benefit from work-life balance and feel under less pressure, says CIPD

Zero-hours contract (ZHC) employees are as happy as permanent, full-time workers, a CIPD report has found.

The survey suggests that, on average, ZHC employees experience similar levels of job satisfaction, work-life balance and personal wellbeing to employees on permanent, full-time contracts, and comparable satisfaction levels in their relationship with their managers and colleagues.

However, the report also found that, while the majority of ZHC employees choose to work part-time (88%), they are more likely than part-time employees to say they would like to work additional hours, with 22% wanting more hours.

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Topics: HR and Payroll News

Autumn Statement 2015

Posted by Emma Clare

26/11/15 08:53

An overview of the Chancellor's first combined Spending Review and Autumn statement since 2007 from Carval's client Bishop Fleming.

In the first combined Spending Review and Autumn Statement since 2007, the Chancellor’s emphasis was on expenditure. He nevertheless made a range of tax-related announcements, the main ones being:

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Topics: HMRC Payroll News & Updates

6 Ways to Prevent Bullying in Your Workplace

Posted by Emma Clare

20/11/15 14:44

By Donna Obstfeld @ dohr

It’s National Anti-Bullying Week, and shockingly, Acas have reported that over the past year they received around 20,000 calls about harassment and bullying at work. It seems that workplace bullying is a growing problem in Britain and many people are simply too afraid to speak up about it.

Bullying is defined as any unwanted behaviour that makes someone feel intimidated, degraded, humiliated or offended. It’s not necessarily always apparent to others, and may be happening in the workplace without your awareness.

People don’t always feel confident enough to complain, particularly if the harasser is a manager or senior member of staff. Sometimes, they’ll quite simply resign.

It’s therefore very important for employers to ensure that staff are fully aware of the options available to them when it comes to bullying or harassment, and that these of course remain confidential.

These findings provide some real eye-opening truths on the current state of bullying in the workplace, and it’s vital that employers reflect on these results and have a good look at their working environment.

Start taking action today to ensure that your business is fully implementing anti-bullying policies and utilising managers with good people management skills.

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Topics: HR Software Guides

How long should you retain HR and Payroll data?

Posted by Emma Clare

12/11/15 12:59

As a HR and Payroll Software supplier, Carval often gets asked by new clients "How much data should I transfer from my old HR system?". There is no straightforward answer to this.

In the UK a complex regulatory regime governs the length of time for which HR records should be stored. How long they should be kept - and when they should be destroyed too. Here we look at some considerations.

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Discover the tools behind great HR

Carval has been helping organisations streamline their HR and Payroll since 1986. We'd love to help you too! 

Read on to discover ways to:

  • Make your payroll processes accurate and efficient
  • Automate everyday HR admin jobs to drive efficiency and policy adherance
  • Get the time and tools to deliver strategic HR projects that make a difference
  • Deliver a great service to your employees.

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