Payroll Trends

Payroll evolved 2016

by Ben Bontia

HR and Payroll have evolved significantly. The regulatory/compliance environment, the behavioural/social environment and the technology environment have changed. What’s notable is that the breadth of seismic shift was matched only by the speed of change.

In my discussions with analysts, industry experts and prospective clients, a common theme surfaced. It became clear that many businesses today have systems and processes geared to yesterday’s needs.

Looking forward

This revelation inspired Payroll Evolved. We needed industry through leaders to present a business briefing.  They analyzed the Human Resources and Payroll trends of 2015 to provide actionable insights and a real business case for change.

Our inaugural session kicked off December 9th, 2015 in Sydney. Everything exceeded our expectations. To be honest, we were pleasantly surprised by the number of attendees. However, we were most pleased by the calibre of executives and the level of representation across Australia’s most prominent organizations.

Esteemed thought leaders

The level of engagement allowed for significant feedback and discussion between attendees and presenters such as:

  • Kellie Egan, Human Resources lead for Atlassian, a company doing Australia proud on the global stage of technology and innovation;
  • Jason Low, the Jedi Knight of Payroll, from The Association of Payroll Specialists (TAPS) and
  • Todd McDonough, Products and Offerings Manager, tasked with rallying NGA’s development resources to address the future needs of  customers.

Having a mix of HR, Payroll and technology thought leaders was received very well. In fact, immediate feedback indicated that attendees were able to take away insights and make the case for change to stay ahead of the curve in this constantly changing industry.

The event was such a success that it made its way across the country, stopping in both Brisbane and Melbourne throughout February 2016.

Tough questions

Fast forward 3 months and now more than ever, in the lead up to the end of financial year, HR & Payroll professionals are asking the tough questions. What did our world look like when we implemented our current system and processes?

What’s changed, and how do we respond to keep up? In our December session, attendees took part in a live survey on our key topics. It provided some insightful statistics and great conversation points! Below are some of the results:


Some of these responses may come as a surprise. Although more likely, these (non-scientific) results accurately depict the real world struggle of keeping up with the pace of change, harnessing available technology while balancing the needs of employees with the limited resources within organisations.

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”