Tag Archives: Payroll

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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A rosy outlook for employers and workplace pensions


Five years ago, one of the major concerns for the Johnson Committee that Steve Webb set up to consider auto-enrolment was whether there would be choice by the next election. At the meeting, attended by all the workplace pension providers, it … Continue reading

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Time for payroll to take on pension management?


When I look into my crystal ball, I see three changes to the way that pensions are going to be managed within companies going forward. The old high maintenance approach will fall away as pension providers streamline their processes and … Continue reading

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When will we ever learn?


  There are no short-cuts in pensions, there are no silver bullets, easy answers, no lottery wins, no free alpha. There’s just a lot of hard saving backed up by good governance , cost control and sound investment strategy. Pete Seeger, … Continue reading

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How Payroll can avoid offering pension advice (in 5 easy lessons)!


The blog in a nutshell This is a long risk-warning to payroll bureau and their software suppliers  who may be considering providing advice to employers by reducing the choice of pension options to one – a default. If you don’t … Continue reading

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5 reasons why payroll must get smarter at pensions.


Recently I was talking with someone who used to be pension manager to one of our large retailers. She wrote to me over the weekend. She’d realised that the people doing payroll for the 1.2m employers still to stage auto-enrolment aren’t … Continue reading

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Payroll – the new paymasters?


It is a truth universally to be acknowledged that the man who bills the client is likeliest to get rich. We have got used to insurance companies and advisers controlling the price of our pension savings schemes. But  by April … Continue reading

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Who is going to support auto-enrolment now?


So far 43,000 firms have staged auto-enrolment, in 2015 45,000 employers will stage and in January 2016 alone over 100,000 firms will stage. Whereas most employers who have staged so far will have had workplace pensions and advisers, the 1.25m … Continue reading

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How did IFAs end up payroll experts?


  In 2011 I started getting interested in payroll. Having read the automatic enrolment regulations it seemed I’d have to if my firm was to help employers. In 2012 and 2013 and 2014 I was named among the top 50 … Continue reading

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