A Decade at The Payroll Site

I’d like to extend my congratulations to our Customer Service Manager, Alyson Johnson-Smith, for completing 10 years at The Payroll Site.

A lot has changed since 2007, the year in which the first iPhone was sold and the smoking ban was introduced in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In 2007, the Bank of England base rate peaked at 5.75% and Myspace had more visitors than Facebook. These things now seem a very distant memory.

There has also been change at The Payroll Site. We have grown in size and now have a dedicated customer service team and a cabinet full of awards. Importantly, Alyson has been instrumental in all of these changes.

Employers have also seen many changes over the past decade and our system has been modified as a result. Annual filing has been replaced by Real Time Information and staff now have to be automatically enrolled in a pension. There are also now two types of student loan deduction, with more planned for the future. In addition, the employment allowance and the apprenticeship levy have been introduced, along with many smaller changes.

Payroll is not a good career choice for anyone who doesn’t like change, as it is regularly affected by new legislation. This is because governments feel that it is their job to implement new policies, and they often do this via employment legislation, much of which affects payroll. The rate of change has slowed recently, while politicians busied themselves with certain international matters and a snap election. I expect the relentless pace of change to return once the major issues relating to Brexit are settled and politicians turn their attention to implementing their other policies.

Steven Tucker

By Steven Tucker - Co-founder

Steven is one of the founders of The Payroll Site. He writes about things affecting small businesses, especially those things connected with payroll. He's also a Maths graduate and a Chartered IT Professional and has a few views about technology, maths and the misuse of both.