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Yesterday marked the start of the 12th annual National Payroll Week…and what a start it got off to! The occasion should have been marked with a reception at the House of Lords but, as with so many other celebrations in 2020, this was thwarted by the current pandemic. Undeterred, the CIPP were determined to start National Payroll Week in style and organised a virtual wine tasting, attended by over 80 guests.


National Payroll Week was established in the UK by the CIPP to celebrate the payroll profession and to give it the recognition it deserves. The week is designed to demonstrate the impact the payroll industry has in the UK through the collection of income tax and National Insurance, which is expected to contribute in the region of £325.7bn* to the UK economy in 2020/21.


This year more than ever, the payroll profession, has been tested to its extreme and has coped admirably, undertaking the critical task of keeping the UK paid during the most testing of times. Remote working, changes to existing legislation, brand new and continually evolving legislation (I’m sure furlough has caused more than a few sleepless nights!) …not to mention lockdown, home schooling and a shortage of toilet roll – its been quite a year!


Payroll really has been the 4th emergency service and many payroll heroes have been born. We take out hat off to each and every one of you. National Payroll Week 2020 is certainly cause for celebration and an ideal time to shout from the rooftops what an amazing and vital profession we are a part of…Payroll take a bow!

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