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Over 600 HR, payroll and finance professionals attend Ceridian UK Customer Conference

Auto-enrolment central theme

Over 600 HR, payroll and finance professionals from different industry sectors and sizes attended the 2013 Ceridian Customer Conference held at the London Hilton, Park Lane. Organised by one of the UK’s leading HCM technology and service providers, the conference theme centred on the recent pension reform legislation and how organisations can most effectively meet their auto enrolment obligations. Keynote speaker was the Minister for Pensions, Steve Webb MP.

Doug Sawers, Managing Director of Ceridian UK, said:

It was gratifying to have a record attendance at what was overwhelmingly the most outstanding Ceridian customer event in the UK. The record attendance – over double the previous record for our annual event – demonstrated the serious concerns businesses have on how best to comply with the recent complex pension reform at the lowest cost.

Auto enrolment represents the biggest change to the cost of employment to hit UK businesses in the last 15 years. In the current economic climate, minimising the extra cost involved in administration and contributions by adopting the right solution and engaging with employees is therefore a top priority for many.

“Attendees were left in no doubt of the need to plan well in advance – 12 months as a minimum according to the panel of experts – and that organisations cannot comply accurately with auto enrolment without payroll, which is pivotal to accurately and efficiently determining when an employee should be enrolled into a pension scheme and make a contribution. Choosing the right technological solution to ensure compliance and reduce cost is critical.

Steve Webb MP, Minister for Pensions, was the opening keynote speaker at the conference. He acknowledged the need to tidy up auto-enrolment legislation and took questions from the audience.

Second keynote speaker, Tanith Dodge, Director of Human Resources at Marks & Spencer outlined the HR transformation that has recently taken place at the leading high street retailer via its M&S People System which is centred on providing employees with access to online tools to automate, centralise and standardise HR service and processes.

An expert panel on auto-enrolment included two Ceridian customers – Steve Jones, Pensions Manager at Asda, Britain’s second largest grocery retailer, and Helen Close, Project Manager at Hewden, the number one plant hire and equipment rental company in the UK and Europe. With 175,000 colleagues, Asda is one of the largest employers in the UK and successfully staged on 1 October 2012. Hewden is well prepared for its staging date in October and sees auto-enrolment as an opportunity to launch a real benefit and engage with employees.

Six breakout sessions covered a variety of topics from the latest trends in international payroll to how to solve the auto enrolment headache.

The Ceridian Customer Conference was held on 28 February 2013.

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