Technological advancements are helping to turn a vision of digitally accessible, automated payroll processes into reality. Here’s five predictions for the future of payroll:
Payroll is still too often perceived as separate to HR, despite being a key part of the HR function: this leads to the assumption that payroll requires less strategic effort as a process. Although this idea is beginning to change, many multinationals have not yet recognised the benefits of an integrated, comprehensive payroll system in reducing bottom line costs.
The difficulty with using disparate systems is that data must be entered two or three times at minimum, increasing admin costs. These systems also make compliance with country-specific legislation more challenging, while analysing people data for trends and gaining accurate, actionable information becomes almost impossible, impacting profitability.
For organisations operating on an international scale, integrating global payroll systems with other business applications is essential to saving time and money when it comes to managing multiple manual data updates and an array of supplier arrangements.
Gartner defines predictive analytics as a form of advanced analytics which examines data to answer the question “What is going to happen?” or more accurately, “What is likely to happen?”, and is characterised by techniques such as predictive modelling and forecasting.
Organisations are constantly sourcing ways to gain deeper insight into global operations. Predictive analytics on accurate payroll data helps businesses to plan more effectively, particularly if combined with information relating to issues such as employee performance. As an example, the ability to identify employee attrition and absence patterns makes it easier to forecast recruitment requirements accurately, as well as saving costs.
The adoption of cloud-based payroll systems looks set to grow exponentially, encouraged by the increase of providers offering free-to-download applications in the market. Such applications are more likely to attract smaller firms (with lower budgets) and could help to automate any companies that still use manual processes to manage their payroll operations (5%).
Although the cloud software delivery model is widely considered to be the future of global payroll, it is important to consider the challenges that migration will present to some businesses. Businesses with on-premise systems will need to plan and execute their transition carefully to ensure the process is as smooth as possible. A robust IT change management strategy is crucial to minimising costs and driving business outcomes.
Employers need to think seriously about how to meet the needs of Generation Z as its members begin to enter the workforce. Gen Z is made up of digital natives: their level of comfort with technology is even stronger than their Millennial co-workers. Consequently, businesses unable to cater to these needs will find it challenging to retain the cream of the crop talent-wise.
As a result, we can expect to see increasing employee engagement-related functionality included in global payroll systems. These functions use self-service and user-friendly mobile tools at the front end, and measurement and reporting tools to monitor workforce experiences at the back end. Payroll systems will also begin to support the management of reward and recognition benefits such as retail vouchers and free massages for employees.
If global companies operate or provide services to European customers, they will need to start preparing for the impending European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), due take effect from the 25th May next year. The regulation will implement a set of data protection standards that apply in a mostly uniform manner across all EU countries. Its requirements will be more constringent than previous regulations, meaning that many businesses will need to adjust policies and procedures to comply.
Significant technological transformation has already begun in the payroll sector. As the business case for more efficient payroll creeps up the boardroom agenda, this transformation looks set to grow exponentially: the next few years hold exciting times for payroll globally.
Expanding businesses internationally can mean increased profit, a better reputation and more capital to invest in getting the best talent from your industry. But international businesses face newer challenges, chief among which is working with international teams that are based in various cities, regions, countries and potentially even continents.
12 November 2018
The SD Worx team has returned from another great annual UNLEASH conference. Over 5,000 attendees gathered at the RAI Exhibition and Conference Centre in Amsterdam – the site of the first conference seven years ago.7 November 2018
Payroll is the lifeblood of an organization, so getting it right is crucial. When organizations branch out into new geographical locations, the risk of payroll mistakes heightens. It’s a scary thought for HR and payroll professionals.
30 October 2018
Business leaders are always searching for dynamic new ways to improve their business strategy, but there's one source of data which still remains largely untapped. There is a wealth of potential strategy ideas to be found in a place businesses already have unrestricted access to - their payroll system.
So, how can both large and small companies start utilising payroll data today to breathe new life into stale strategies?24 October 2018
If no agreement between the UK and the European Union is reached at the EU summit on 18 and 19 October, the transitional period that would have applied until the end of 2020 will expire. As a result, on 29 March 2019, the UK’s membership in the EU will end, and EU law will no longer apply. If your company employs people in or from the UK, this change could be far-reaching. So, take the bull by the horns and avoid unpleasant surprises caused by a ‘no deal’ scenario by making the right preparations.16 October 2018
September: the month that children dread as they make their return to school after the freedom of the long summer months. But for adults, especially those in the payroll industry, after the quiet summer period September should be a time to be motivated and to adopt that ‘back to school’ thinking. It’s important for teams not to be stagnant. In the ever-developing payroll industry, adaptability is key and so learning shouldn’t stop just because you’ve left school—in payroll and HR it’s all about continuous learning.18 September 2018
The multinational payroll industry is set to be worth 4.8bn by 2021, yet, despite the evident power of payroll, only a third of multinational organizations have a global payroll provider. Instead, they rely on a disparate selection of multiple local providers and therefore have no access to collated data or a clear insight into their employee attrition, engagement, or retention.30 August 2018
Is your HR and payroll team feeling the heat this summer? With the weather heating up, most of us want to get out and enjoy the sun or escape on a holiday. However, with more staff members out of the office, this can mean that the payroll team might be running on reduced numbers. And, typically, less team members results in a higher workload for those in the office. This is where HR and payroll technology can help, giving HR teams a well-deserved summer holiday.3 August 2018
The HR and payroll industry is in a constant state of change. New laws and regulations are introduced around the world, some of which—including GDPR—change the way the whole organization handles its processes and services.26 July 2018
Summer is finally here—and before long it will be over. HR and payroll teams face various challenges over the summer months, from increased staff holiday to keeping track of summer interns and flexible working.16 July 2018
Payroll data. How often do we stop and think about how important it is to a business? Although payroll is often viewed as a back-office function, it is an essential part of any organisation, and is much more than just payslips.5 July 2018
The multinational payroll market is growing at an impressive rate, with the entire payroll services market expected to reach 4.8 billion by 2021. The demand for international payroll services are increasing, due to the heightened need for compliance to local laws and legislations, and a demand for more comprehensive technology. However, even though the payroll market is growing, many organisations still aren’t unlocking the power of payroll.3 July 2018
The results of SD Worx’s recent international survey are in! With 1,500 respondents from nine European markets, the survey reveals that up to 87% of business leaders are now asking for employee data to inform business decisions—HR and payroll data is now being regularly used by business leaders.11 June 2018
The HR and payroll industry is in constant change, with digitalisation, GDPR, and the gig economy effecting the HR and payroll department in organisations around the world. So, how can you ensure that both your HR department and employees are able to keep up with the pace of change? It’s time to unleash the flexibility of your HR.26 April 2018
Payroll is a vital part of any organisation, whether it’s a local business or a multinational corporation. A simple payroll error can cause a large amount of damage, so getting it right is essential.
30 March 2018
PAREXEL provides best practice examples to international organisations.
With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect in May 2018, all organisations who handle data of EU citizens will need to comply with new guidelines. By nature, HR departments hold personal and sensitive employee data, including payroll data. However, with an increasing amount of payroll and HR departments adopting automated payroll processes, the question arises: how do you become compliant in a digital world, especially if you are an international company?12 March 2018
With more and more employees relying on technology and flexible working than ever before, the world is becoming increasingly connected and globalised. However, with this new reliance on global working, what do HR and payroll teams need to consider when implementing payroll for multinational companies?7 March 2018
The end of the payroll year is typically a very stressful time for payroll teams. With an extensive amount of tasks to be completed within tight deadlines, any mistakes can be costly.
However, the end of year process can be drastically simplified by engaging with tailored payroll software. This technology can be utilised to assist payroll professionals throughout the year, but how can it help payroll teams in April each year?27 February 2018
In an increasingly globalised world, there is a vast array of opportunities for businesses to explore. For companies looking to expand their international reach, payroll is one of the biggest consideration factors. Operating in multiple countries has its fair share of challenges: each region has its own local legislative requirements, and complying with these is crucial in maintaining both reputation and revenue. Here’s how outsourcing can help.12 January 2018
A recent survey carried out by SD Worx revealed that out of 4,000 European employees surveyed, 44% had been paid late by their employers and 48% of those that had been paid late had also been paid incorrectly. The research exposes several risks for businesses associated with not paying their employees correctly: let’s explore the top three.13 November 2017
With any outsourced service that a business requires, it’s important to understand the needs that service should fulfil before selecting a provider. This is especially true when it comes to choosing payroll services: it’s one of the most important requirements to get right, and choosing the wrong provider could lead to damaged business reputation in the form of disgruntled and less productive employees, a low staff retention rate and more.8 November 2017
Businesses in every industry have been affected by the way that we now rely heavily on technology. Technology is now a part of everything we do – both at home and work—and in order to stay relevant in today’s world, all industries must continue to be innovative and remain up to date with technological advancements, especially in the workplace.19 October 2017
If someone was to ask you how much your payroll operations cost, would you know the answer? It seems like a straightforward question, yet the answer for many HR professionals is often hard to pinpoint. Understanding – and therefore being able to make future projections – about how much your payroll costs requires a clear appreciation of various business components.10 October 2017
It’s a well-known fact that businesses need to continually adapt in line with macro-environmental changes in order to maintain and grow their competitive advantage, but in the fast-moving retail sector, this is especially true. The advent of technology has clearly had a huge impact on retailers across the globe in recent years, with online retail purchases catapulting tenfold and the industry as a whole riding high.4 September 2017
The objective for payroll professionals used to be simple: all they had to worry about was paying employees accurately and on time. As organisations increasingly look beyond local domestic boundaries, the complexity of payroll operations has expanded and evolved so that the level of payroll sophistication has increased As a result, the needs and requirements of organisations globally have become more complex.6 August 2017
With Britain voting to leave the EU last June, 2016 was a big year for pan-European news. And, while the full implications of Brexit remain to be seen, it is clearly creating much discussion amongst business leaders who are already starting to plan ahead for the legislative changes that will no doubt impact both their operations and compliance.
One of the business areas most likely to be affected is international HR and payroll, so with that in mind, ‘Brexit and Business’ will be one of the key themes at our upcoming 2017 SD Worx European Conference. This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever before, taking place on the 8th February at London’s Hilton on Park Lane.