GH Payscheme, George Hay Chartered Accountants’ dedicated Payroll Bureau in Biggleswade is, this week, marking National Payroll Week 2020 and celebrating their contribution to ‘Keeping the UK Paid’ during the Coronavirus crisis.

Between 7-11 September, the payroll industry will join in with the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals’ 22nd National Payroll Week, established to raise the profile and awareness of payroll in the UK.

This year though, the importance of the work that payroll professionals do each day has only been emphasised by the pandemic; with employers facing new challenges associated with furloughing staff and accessing the financial support available to them under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

It can be challenging for employers to stay abreast of their responsibilities and to keep up with the regular changes to payroll legislation, even without the added surprises they have had to accommodate this year and, as a result, the process becomes a source of worry.

Throughout the pandemic, GH Payscheme have been supporting clients in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and throughout the UK, by helping them to navigate the CJRS and to ensure that all staff, whether furloughed or continuing to work, are paid on time and correctly.

Elaine Shaw, Payroll Manager at GH Payscheme, said: “When we returned to work in January this year, after Christmas, none of us could have imagined the challenges we’d be faced with in just a matter of weeks, as the country entered lockdown in response to Coronavirus.

“Overnight, employers were suddenly concerned about how they’d manage staff costs and many about the prospect of having to press pause on their business altogether.

“Thanks to the CJRS, many employees have been spared unemployment and employers have been able to retain their workforce with financial backing from the Government.

“Our role in all of this, from day one, has been to cut through the noise and to ensure that the employers we work with are armed with the information most pertinent to their own circumstances, and to provide the support they need to utilise the funding available to them.

“Whether helping employers to determine their eligibility for the scheme, confirming changes to government guidance, or running off figures and assisting with calculations to enable them to make a claim, we have had to work quickly to eliminate concerns and to ensure our clients are equipped to cope with the challenges they face. All of this is in addition to our usual duties as an outsourced payroll bureau.

“This National Payroll Week, we’re proud to be celebrating not only our contribution, but the contribution of the countless other payroll teams, departments and professionals throughout the UK, to Keeping the UK Paid at such an unprecedented time.

“As always, it’s also a perfect opportunity to educate businesses on the benefits of outsourcing. With us, business owners and employers can rest assured that their payroll is in safe hands.”

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