Compliance and best practice top of the agenda for the friendly face of payroll

05 May 2017

Cintra HR and Payroll Services has become the latest organisation to gain the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) Payroll Assurance Scheme (PAS) compliance accreditation.

The Payroll Assurance Scheme provides a payroll department with assurance that its payroll and associated processes are fit for purpose and comply with appropriate government legislation, as well as highlighting potential risk areas such as non-compliance with the national minimum and living wage regulations. It also ensures that it has the right payroll activities in place and suitable processes for picking up and preparing for legislative changes and minimising the risks of payroll fraud within businesses.

Commenting on the accreditation, CEO Carsten Staehr said: “The CIPP is the pre-eminent industry body for payroll professionals and this accreditation really is the icing on our compliance cake.  We invest a lot of time and effort in making sure that our processes not only serve our clients well but demonstrate industry best practice, ensuring a smooth, efficient experience for our customers. We are proud to carry the PAS accreditation as a demonstration of the high quality payroll processing service we provide.

Cintra HR and Payroll bureau manager Michael Hughes is particularly pleased with the accolade, stating: “Our entire bureau team are CIPP qualified, so CIPP affirmation is especially dear to our hearts.  We were confident in our procedures but to have them externally ratified, especially by the CIPP, has made the whole team extremely proud. In addition, the accreditation process itself has been an extremely worthwhile and rewarding exercise

In addition, Dumfries and Galloway Council were reaccredited the Payroll Assurance Scheme and Payroll Quality Partnership, and Equniti were reaccredited with the Payroll Quality Partnership.

The Payroll Quality Partnership is the people module of PAS and demonstrates commitment to best practice in the learning and development of their payroll people.

Commenting on the accreditations, Colin Jackson, Head of Consultancy, said: “We are delighted that Cintra HR and Payroll have achieved the Payroll Assurance Scheme accreditation, demonstrating that they are not only committed to customer service but to compliance and best practice in payroll standards.  It is also pleasing that other organisations continually value the accreditations and achieve reaccreditation year on year, especially in light of recent highly publicised news stories relating to non-compliance due to payroll errors.”

He continued: “The CIPP encourages all UK plc to engage in a payroll health check or accreditation, such as the Payroll Assurance Scheme, to ensure that they are at less risk of payroll fraud and non-compliance penalties from government, both of which can be extremely costly to organisations both financially and reputationally.”

To find out more about the CIPPs Payroll Assurance Scheme, visit


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Notes to editors

The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals was established as a membership organisation for payroll professionals in the UK in 1980, and supports the industry through:

  • Training and professional payroll and pension qualifications
  • Professional designator letters, e.g. ACIPP, MCIPP and FCIPP
  • Advisory Service and e-newsletter with all the latest industry news called News On Line
  • Continuing Professional Development programme encouraging self-improvement and career development structure
  • Unique standards-based accreditations such as Payroll Quality Partnership and the Payroll Assurance Scheme for processes and procedures
  • A membership magazine issued ten times a year called Professional in Payroll, Pensions and Reward
  • Representation at the highest levels of government through a very active policy team
  • Participation in a long range strategy to change the perception of the payroll profession
  • Regular events, meetings and conferences

Please visit the CIPP website for more information,