The CIPP's Annual Excellence Awards

NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR 2017 AWARDS (closing date 11 August)

With over 285 pieces of legislation impacting on the industry in the UK alone, and over £416bn* collected through National Insurance and tax contributions, payroll and pensions play a significant role in the UK economy. Therefore the professionals responsible for the accurate, compliant and timely delivery of these services within their organisations should be recognised for their important and strategic roles.

The CIPP's annual excellence awards are designed to do just that; recognising the true payroll and pension professionals who have made an outstanding contribution and demonstrated commitment to excellence in their profession.

Award categories

Payroll professional of the year

This award is looking for a payroll professional, in any role, who has made a significant contribution to the payroll function of their organisation within the last 12 months.
 

In-house payroll team of the year

This award recognises the in-house payroll team that has compelled their employer to recognise the important role that the department can play in improving the overall company performance, and not just perceive the department as a cost centre.
 

Project of the year

Implementation of projects in payroll and pensions is common place, and this award recognises the work involved in implementing a successful project. The award can be won by either a project team who have been responsible for the project, or a project manager/consultant who led the change.
 

My biggest influencer award

This award recognises someone who has influenced your career in payroll, pensions and reward whom you wish to thank for their support, advice and guidance.
 

International payroll provider of the year

Organisations turn to service providers to deliver compliant and efficient payroll services within their organisation and this award will be presented to the provider proven to demonstrate commitment to customer service and an effective and compliant international payroll service.
 

Employer of the year

This award recognises employers who are committed to staff development within the payroll, pensions and/or reward teams.
 

Payroll software of the year

This award is aimed at software products which are sold and supplied for companies to run their own payroll in-house. It will recognise an organisation that is committed to ensuring that its software is compliant, user friendly, enables best practice and is well supported.
 

Payroll service provider of the year - fewer than 250 clients

This award is open to service providers with fewer than 250 clients and will be presented to the provider proven to demonstrate commitment to customer service and an effective and compliant payroll function.
 

Payroll service provider of the year - 250+ clients

This award is open to service providers with more than 250 clients and will be presented to the provider proven to demonstrate commitment to customer service and an effective and compliant payroll function.

Submitting your nomination

Nominations should be submitted no later than 11 August 2017 via:

Email: Send to events@cipp.org.uk making sure that the files are clearly named. Please use headings, page numbers and appendices to make it clear to the recipient what they are and where they sit within your nomination. This will make it easier for the judges to review and award marks appropriately.

Post: CIPP award nominations, Goldfinger House, 245 Cranmore Boulevard, Shirley, Solihull, B90 4ZL. Please provide eight copies and ensure that they arrive at the address above no later than 11 August 2017.

Please note: Members of the board or employees of the CIPP cannot be nominated for the CIPP excellence awards.

Judging process and scoring guidelines

The judging for the CIPP excellence awards will take place in one day at the CIPP offices in London.

There are no judges from the CIPP on the judging panel, but there is a representative from the CIPP in attendance on the day to facilitate the judging and ensure that the process is fair and that no information is taken away from the judges packs.  Judges are chosen based on their varied experience within the payroll industry.

Each aspect of the award criteria is scored on a scale of one to five, if a nomination has not met the criteria they will not score any points for that aspect of the nomination, this will also be the case if word limits are exceeded.  The scale for scoring is outlined in more detail below:

Zero points will be awarded where the criteria has not been met or if the nomination has exceeded the allowed word count or number of appendices to support that aspect of the nomination.  Word counts and maximum number of appendices can be found in the criteria outlined for each award.

One point will be awarded if the nomination says that it has met that aspect of the criteria but there is no supporting evidence to validate the claims made within the nomination.

Two points will be awarded if the nomination says that it has met that aspect of the criteria and there is some supporting evidence, such as:

  1. How improvements were identified and made
  2. Testimonials which support the nomination

Three points will be awarded if the nomination meets the criteria and has provided evidence such as:

  1. How improvements were identified and made
  2. Improvements in KPIs from how things were done previous compared to now
  3. Testimonials which support the nomination

Four points will be awarded if the nomination states that it has met the criteria and demonstrates:

  1. How things were done before
  2. How improvements were identified and made
  3. Improvements in KPIs from how things were done previous compared to now
  4. Three testimonials which support the nomination

Five points will be awarded if the nomination states that it has met the criteria and evidenced every aspect of this within the nomination as well as through the supporting evidence supplied.  For example, it demonstrates:

  1. How things were done before, and the KPIs/measures which were in place
  2. How improvements were identified, made and measured
  3. Improvements in KPIs from how things were done previous compared with now
  4. Three quality testimonials which support the nomination, for example, if the nomination is highlighting savings made to a client or the employing organisation the testimonial should communicate this

Nomination hints and tips

Each year we are asked “what makes an award winning nomination?” so we decided to put something together to help you submit an award winning entry before the deadline of 11 August.

Set some time aside to put together your nomination

It takes time to put a nomination together so make sure that you improve your chances by allowing plenty of time to do so and not leaving it until the last minute.

Follow the templates that are online

Make sure that you meet all of the criteria outlined within the template.

The judges mark each of the criteria in the nomination; however, they cannot allocate scores if you have not met the criteria. If you say that you meet the criteria then you’ll score one; if you provide evidence of how you meet the criteria then you will score higher. By ensuring that you have included everything asked for within the template, you will improve your chances of success. The winning nomination is, quite simply, the nomination with the highest score at the end of the process.

Please note that whilst we specify that you must follow the template and meet all of the criteria, this does not mean that you have to use the template provided.  You may choose to submit in another format and that’s fine, just make sure that each section follows the headlines within the nomination template.

Evidence

It is really easy to say that you do something but the judges will be looking for evidence that you really do what you say! 

This is where most nominations lose marks on the judging day.  Everyone says that they meet the criteria outlined within the template, but they do not back it up.  The more evidence you can supply the better.  For example, if the nomination asks for improvements to processes which have improved efficiencies, include reports which show measures of improvement.

If you have the CIPPs Payroll Quality Partnership or Payroll Assurance Scheme accreditations this will give you a good understanding of the level of evidence we will be looking for on the judging day.  And remember, if you are not sure whether something should be included in the nomination, it is better to supply more evidence than not enough.

Have a great summary statement of NO MORE THAN 250 words

Your summary statement should be clear, concise and to the point.  It should say “I should win because of x, y and z” and then it should direct the judge to where the information is contained within the nomination. 

Your summary statement should be the last part of the template that you complete, as this summarises everything else contained within, there is an example of a winning summary statement below.

Remember, the judging takes place in one day, and there are a lot of nominations, judges will dismiss any summary statements of more than 250 words! Whilst the summary statement has a word count of 250 words, the rest of the nomination does not.  So you have plenty of space to let us know why you think you should win and provide evidence to back it up.

Finally, make sure that you get your nominations in on time so that they can be submitted for nomination on the judging day.

Further details can be found in the March issue of Professional magazine.

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