Category Archives: leadership

Payroll into battle!

  April 20th 2020 will live long in the memories of payroll. The Furlough has begun! Here is Barry Matthews – payroll enthusiast and BDD of PayCircle and his call to arms! Monday morning 20th April 2020, payroll teams across … Continue reading

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Legal & General – recovering

I wasn’t good at learning on management courses, but I did once write down and remember this list Acknowledge your mistakes. Never try to cover up or blame others for what went wrong. … Learn from your mistakes. Once you learn from your mistakes, don’t repeat them. … Continue reading

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Let’s play nicely!

  This is a most unusual blog as it starts with an apology – an apology to John Ralfe . It is also an apology to any of the people who were offended by my early morning rant at John. … Continue reading

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12/12/19 #OKboomer v #snowflakegeneration

The most coherent research I have seen coming out of the voting patterns of last Thursday is this. While support for Liberals is consistent over ages, the vote for the binary propositions of conservative and labour governments is highly dependent … Continue reading

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Employer’s duty to provide information to employees about pensions.

“where an employee has an important decision to make which has material financial implications the safest course of action for an employer is to provide the individual with all of the information that they need in order to make an … Continue reading

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What can men do to reduce gender pay inequality?

For a start they can stop “welcoming this discussion” and blathering other related clichés! If men welcomed a serious discussion on gender pay equality, we’d have been having them regularly since equal pay for both gender (for the same job) became … Continue reading

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Paying for other people’s pensions

I’ve said it before on this blog, but I’ll say it again. The amount of Council Tax many people pay to fund other people’s pensions exceeds their own contributions into pensions, even when they’ve been auto-enrolled into “workie”.   “You … Continue reading

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Can the pension insurers win back their customers’ respect?

IGCs are ours to use and not the insurers to castrate. Continue reading

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Terry Smith – What I have learned from Fundsmith in the Past Five Years

Fundsmith is my favourite fund manager. Like Aberdeen (another favourite whose conference I’m going to today), it is an organisation with a strong purpose (moral and social). Terry Smith is an extraordinary man who’s views are always worth reading. He … Continue reading

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Everything you wanted to know about the AE Common Data Standard (in 500 words)

  What’s the point? There are around 30 pension providers an employer can choose to set up their workplace pension and around 40 further providers who will convert their existing workplace pension into a scheme that qualifies for workplace pension. … Continue reading

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