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What are the pros and cons of payroll outsourcing?

Posted by Emma Clare

30/05/17 15:51

Original article by  for Employee Benefits 

Need to know

  • The costs of payroll outsourcing can be outweighed by the timesaving efficiencies it creates, which allow employers and staff to focus on other areas of business operations.
  • Pensions auto-enrolment can create its own payroll challenges, with fluctuating eligibility among employees on variable pay. Outsourcing payroll can help employers overcome this issue.
  • Employers should bear in mind that even though they are handing their payroll process to someone else, they are ultimately responsible for their organisation remaining compliant with legislation.

Payroll processing is a complex and time-consuming, critical business task, which is why many employers decide to outsource the job to dedicated payroll service providers with the latest technical resources, and enable their staff to add value elsewhere in the business.

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Topics: Outsourced Payroll

Client payroll: tips on working with auto-enrolment intermediaries

Posted by Emma Clare

01/07/15 10:00

Our series of blog posts on making auto-enrolment a success for your payroll bureau clients draw upon Carval's extensive experience as both an outsourced payroll provider and also a payroll bureau software developer. Payroll bureaus and accountants will play a key role in the AE process as the UK's SMEs reach their staging dates between now and 2017. 

Good payroll software often provides the tools to carry out the auto-enrolment assessment process or pension providers may offer this service, however your clients may also choose to use a third party to either assess the employees and or deal with employee communication. Experience has shown us that this can be a potentially problematic area.

Read on for some tips on working with auto-enrolment intermediaries and third parties.

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Topics: Outsourced Payroll

Auto-enrolment: 5 things you need to tell your payroll bureau

Posted by Emma Clare

18/05/15 11:33

If you are one of the 45,000 SME employers that are due to stage for pensions auto-enrolment in 2015 (and over one million in 2016 and 2017), you may well outsource payroll. 

If you're staging for auto-enrolment you may turn to your payroll bureau or accountant for help. Our latest blog post will help you give some thought to:

  • Your pension scheme rules - with a handy questionnaire to download
  • Your pension provider's data requirements
  • Who will carry out the assessment process
  • Who will communicate with your employees
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Topics: Outsourced Payroll

Client payroll: How to make auto-enrolment a success for your bureau

Posted by Emma Clare

30/04/15 12:26

Until recently auto enrolment only affected the largest employers in the UK. However over the next year or so the small businesses that make-up the bulk of employers in the UK will be reaching their pensions auto-enrolment staging dates. 

Around 45,000 employers are due to stage in 2015 and over one million in 2016 and 2017. Many of these will outsource their payroll to bureaus and accountants. So if your payroll business involves supporting small or medium-sized employers, it's likely you'll be asked for help. Now's the time to get ready, especially if you haven't had much to do with auto enrolment so far.

Our webinar, run in conjunction with Payroll World, draws on Carval's experience as both a client payroll bureau and a payroll bureau software provider and covers some key points that will help you make auto-enrolment a success for your clients, including:

  • Questions you need to ask your clients
  • The data requirements of different pensions providers
  • Dealing with third parties
  • Tips on payroll bureau software
  • Lessons we've learnt
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Topics: Payroll Software Guides, Outsourced Payroll

When’s the right time for a business to outsource payroll?

Posted by Emma Clare

20/03/15 14:38

When are you big enough to outsource payroll? John Ovington, Sales & Support Director at Carval Computing discusses the pros and cons of getting the professionals to do the job, and explains the various options.

It isn’t really a question of size that matters when considering whether to outsource your payroll, but more a case of looking at the business benefits you might derive from getting someone else to do the donkey work.  It is worth remembering, however, that while you pass the work to someone else, you retain ultimate responsibility that your company is compliant with legislation.

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Topics: Outsourced Payroll

Why business continuity should include the option to outsource payroll

Posted by Emma Clare

08/08/14 15:02

A part of every company's business continuity should include a plan B for running payroll in an emergency.

Payroll is without doubt a business critical activity - unpaid or incorrectly paid staff and legislative non-compliance are not something most business owners would want to contemplate. Processing payroll in-house using payroll software offers businesses a great deal of flexibility, but it does rely on the availability of skilled staff to do it. The reality is that a combination of holidays and unexpected sickness could leave you unable to pay your employees. Therefore it is of paramount importance that you consider what you would do in the event of an emergency.
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Topics: Payroll Software Guides, Outsourced Payroll

Payroll processing for schools and academies: what are your choices?

Posted by Emma Clare

01/07/14 09:50

Introduction

Paying employees is a business-critical activity for any organisation. You have to process payslips and payments correctly on time, every time. Payroll is one of your school's largest expenses, and payroll mistakes will not only cause hugely disgruntled employees but leave you at risk of hefty fines from HMRC.

So if you're looking for payroll processing for schools what are your options? Today, academies have several choices for processing payroll. You can buy back services from the local authority, use in-house payroll software to do it your self or outsource payroll to an education payroll bureau service, or use a mix of the two by processing your payroll in-house and outsourcing payslip production and perhaps BACS payments. But which is right for your organisation?

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Topics: Outsourced Payroll

Outsource payroll or in-house payroll software?

Posted by Emma Clare

26/03/14 16:45

Introduction

Paying employees is a business-critical activity for any organisation. You have to process payslips and payments correctly on time, every time. Payroll is one of your company’s largest expenses, and payroll mistakes can not only cause hugely disgruntled employees but leave you at risk of hefty fines from HMRC.

Today, businesses have several options for processing payroll. You can rely on in-house payroll software, outsource payroll to a payroll bureau service, or use a mix of the two by processing your payroll in-house and outsourcing payslip production and perhaps BACS payments. But which is right for your organisation?

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Topics: Outsourced Payroll

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