CIPP ACE 2023: Insights in a Fast-Evolving Payroll Landscape

The CIPP Annual Conference and Exhibition is over for another year, and what a fascinating event it was at Celtic Manor in Wales. We were delighted to see so many like-minded payroll professionals visiting on October 4 and 5, and taking the opportunity to learn, collaborate and celebrate all things related to payroll, pensions, and rewards.

This year’s event brought hundreds of payroll practitioners and industry peers together, gaining new insights from 20 workshop sessions and countless ad hoc conversations at our booth. Jamie Doherty and Niki Weaver, two of our Senior Business Development Managers, were on hand to discuss the future of payroll, and how companies can best embrace the modern pay experience.

 “CIPP was a really exciting event to be a part of,” Jamie says. “In a world where we spend most of our time working from home, it was super engaging to spend a few days talking payroll, treasury, and HR with people from all kinds of roles in all kinds of organizations. Overall, it was a fantastic event and provided a platform for some very interesting conversations – a great opportunity to talk about all things payroll, HR, and treasury with faces old and new.”

Payroll in a new business world

One of the most talked-about themes at CIPP ACE was the increasing globalization of the business world, and what that means from a payroll management and compliance perspective. The workshop on Managing Global Mobility, with Moniza Syeda of Tolley’s and Ros Hendren of Well Paid Consulting, was especially valuable on this subject. 

They shone a light on the complexity of managing compliance globally, with ever-changing legal requirements and substantial variation from one country to another. It resonated particularly strongly with us, as our global payroll solution is specifically designed to cut the complications from international payroll management across multiple tax regimes and currencies.

The rise of Earned Wage Access

At CloudPay, we’re strong believers in the value of Earned Wage Access (EWA) in giving employers and employees alike much more flexibility in their payroll experiences. It was encouraging to hear the views of so many people on EWA at CIPP ACE, and that they varied substantially. While many organizations across the UK and EMEA are still unaware of what EWA is or how it works, more and more are gradually understanding the value of it in attracting, retaining, and satisfying talented employees.

 “Earned Wage Access (or Pay On Demand as it’s still known to many) is becoming more and more of a hot topic across the UK and EMEA,” Jamie says. “Organizations are looking for new ways to attract and retain talent in an age where employees want the same “instant” experience that they’ve come to expect in their personal lives thanks to technology advancements, and to have access to everything at their fingertips.”

We also found that another common topic of discussion centered around integration between payroll and HR, and the role that automation can play within that integrated ecosystem. For us, it was especially valuable to demonstrate how our technical ability to integrate with various HRIs can be so beneficial.

CloudPay on the road

We love getting out to events and exhibitions all over the world, so that we can speak to payroll practitioners like you and explore how we can help you embrace the modern pay experience.

We’ll next be appearing at Workday Rising EMEA, at the Barcelona International Convention Centre on November 14-16, where we’ll be looking at how AI and machine learning are supporting the future world of work. We hope to see you there and discuss how these intelligent innovations are already transforming payroll and HR operations.

In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about our approach to EWA, discover our Earned Wage Access solution here, or get in touch with our team directly.

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