Category Archives: Payroll

Turning payroll administrators into pension managers


      A payroll administrator pays someone tomorrow, a pension manager pays someone for ever. A workplace pension is no more than deferred pay, you remove money from today’s pay-packet and it is returned later, when there’s no money … Continue reading

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What employers can do to get their members better pensions


Yesterday I had a chance to talk with a large employer about what they can do to help improve the outcomes of their DC plans. Influencing employees to get the best out of their pension savings means getting them to … Continue reading

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When the dust settles…


For the second time in two years, George Osborne has produced a budget that will radically change the way we thing about retirement saving. If 2014 was the year we re-thought the way we spent our retirement spending, 2015 asks … Continue reading

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If NEST’s web services are “free” – who’s picking up the tab?


  Employers who choose NEST will be able to onboard directly from payroll assuming payroll holds the information NEST needs to set-up. As with most things NEST do , the announcement this week that they have created a suite of … Continue reading

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Is commission really dying?


There has been nothing that has so harmed the image of pensions over the past thirty years as the deception of commission. I don’t want to use phrases such as “lack of transparency” or words like “opacity” words like these … Continue reading

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The cost of auto-enrolment


  Charlotte Clark – one of the architects of auto-enrolment and now head of private pensions in the DPW – is an economist. She is familiar with cost having worked in a corresponding position in the Treasury and it was … Continue reading

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Auto-enrolment needs payroll and advisers on the same page.


News reaches me from up north of an abrasive public meeting in which a major payroll disputed the value of financial advice in staging auto-enrolment. I need not name names, sadly it comes as no surprise to hear a payroll software providers … Continue reading

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Two thirds of SMEs are pension virgins.


New research is out on the purchasing intentions of the remaining 1.2m employers who aren’t “in” to auto-enrolment. Of the  SMEs surveyed who are yet to stage, two thirds (66%) don’t have any existing pension arrangements for their staff while … Continue reading

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The Auto-Enrolment Squeeze (and how to get through it)


You know that feeling when you get to the back of a motorway queue and you see traffic extending into the distance.? If you’re lucky you can see the problem ahead from the blue police lights and as you edge … Continue reading

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“Beware the mastertrust my son!” 6 reasons to be careful


  Ok. It may not have jaws that bite or claws that clutch or be quite as frightful as the Jubjub bird, but the mastertrust may be no friendlier than Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwock. This is not a trendy thing to … Continue reading

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