Category Archives: Payroll

Shoot the message – not the messenger.

Watching Martin Lewis’ money show last night I found myself aghast! Someone was trying to weigh up whether it was better to get 0.1% pa tax-free from an HSBC ISA or get 0.4% pa from another HSBC account and run … Continue reading

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Wishing the Payroll Bureau Association well!

In March 2020, a group of 14 UK payroll bureau managers came together with two things in common; a passion for their sector and a desire to change the support structure in which they operated. After many phone calls, virtual … Continue reading

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“If we should live that long…”

I write a column for the CIPP magazine and there’s generally a six week cycle between submission and publication. I submitted this article in March and it got published last week. When I wrote it, I wondered how I’d be … Continue reading

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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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Holding the thin blue line on pensions

1. The immediate threat of fraud The policing of pensions is a precarious business and the “thin blue line” is figurative. The police are reluctant , for good reason, to busy themselves in the complexities of criminal maladministration , prosecutions … Continue reading

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“State of the Pension” address

After doing a 30 minute address to to CIPP in 10 minutes, I’ve been called back to do another one – only this time I’m first on – which means I could gab on for ages and make sure no … Continue reading

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A progressive way to talk about pensions

A progressive approach to workplace pensions Yesterday I talked about the importance of reporting, both to and from employers. Employers want to understand how their workplace pension is working and savers want to know how their money is doing. The … Continue reading

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How are your staff’s pensions getting on?

  If you remember back to the mid part of this fading decade, one of the issues facing the 1.4m employers who had to stage auto-enrolment, was which workplace pension to choose for your staff. If you were part of … Continue reading

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The best audience I will have all year – thanks CIPP!

  Take a look at the audience above and you will see what I saw when I arrived to speak- not a single empty chair , everyone paying attention and a great gender mix. The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals … Continue reading

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Can awards be rewarding? You bet they can!

My old firm, First Actuarial, didn’t do awards. They got grumpy when they got nominated (by me) and they made it official policy not to compete against their peers. You can see the sense in that, money spent on tables … Continue reading

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