The CIPP's Annual Excellence Awards

NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN - ENTRIES CLOSE ON 10 AUGUST 2018

Nominations for the 2018 awards will be accepted online. Please browse the available categories below.


The 2018 Annual Excellence Awards will be taking place in Birmingham on Thursday 11 October 2018.

With over 285 pieces of legislation impacting on the industry in the UK alone and over £446billion* 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 a commitment to excellence in their profession.

Winners of last year's Annual Excellence Awards 2017 can be found here.

After dinner speaker - Alistair McGowan

Alistair McGowan has to date, had an extensive career in almost every area of entertainment. He started his career by providing voices for the iconic ‘Spitting Image’ Since then he has worked extensively in television, theatre and radio. McGowan is famed for his impressions and is perhaps, best known to audiences for BAFTA winning ‘The Big Impression’. He is also a favourite on our screens featuring on ‘Mock the week’ and ‘Live at the Apollo’, to name but a few.  He continues to delight audiences on tours with his ever-changing range of impressions.

This year's award categories

Newcomer of the year

This award is aimed at those new to the payroll and/or pensions industry, within the last two years, who have made a significant impact and contribution to their organisation within that time.

Manager of the year

The manager of the year award is open to anyone working in payroll and/or pensions and will be presented to an individual that has shown exceptional contribution to their organisation through managing a team, project or process.

My biggest influencer award

We have all met someone in our careers who has had a positive impact, whether a colleague, line manager or unofficial mentor.  This award has been introduced to provide you with an opportunity to say thank you to that person!

Well-being and employee engagement award

With an increasing focus on employee health and wellbeing, this award has been introduced to recognise payroll departments who have introduced initiatives within their organisation designed to improve the general health, wellbeing and/or financial awareness of their employees.

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 commonplace, and this award recognises the work involved in implementing a successful project.

International payroll service 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.

Software product 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

This award is open to service providers regardless of size and will be presented to the provider proven to demonstrate commitment to customer service and an effective and compliant payroll function.

* based on Income Tax and National Insurance contributions as shown here.