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Angels to sort out employees' pay

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Every small-to-medium-sized employer has tasks they wish angels would magically do.

One of those is paying employees’ wages and payments that have to happen in the right way at the right time. It’s a job which must be done perfectly every time, but can take valuable time and be a hassle for smaller employers.

SMEs across Christchurch, especially those whose systems are already stretched thanks to the ground moving, are signing up with a company whose staff and systems are regularly described as angels.

SmartPayroll is an online payroll/wages system for small to medium sized New Zealand businesses.

Its CEO, Asantha Wijeyeratne, says SmartPayroll’s systems help employers work smarter not harder.

“SmartPayroll pays employees’ wages directly to bank accounts, deducts PAYE, KiwiSaver and all other deductions,” he says. “Then it files schedules and returns with the Inland Revenue Department.

“We are noticing more queries from Christchurch employers and are very pleased to support them. They have so much to do at the moment just to keep their business running smoothly that the time it can take to manage the payroll is a pressure they don’t need.

“We’re also noticing an increase in smaller-sized businesses starting up by people who have lost their previous roles or premises through the recent earthquakes.

“All these people tell us things get easier when we manage the payroll for them. It’s not uncommon for employers to describe us as angels – and we like that.”

Mr Wijeyeratne says employers comment on how easy SmartPayroll is to set up and to use.

“There is no software to install and no need to upgrade,” he says. “In many businesses, it only takes one click of a computer mouse to pay all the staff and PAYE.

“Employers also tell us they are reassured by our backup from Datacom, which makes sure everything is completely safe and secure.”

He says SmartPayroll gets a lot of inquiries from first-time employers wanting basic advice on what they have to do.

“They aren’t all wanting us to manage things for them, they just don’t know what their obligations were, so we’ve produced a simple and friendly booklet to lay it all out for them. Most of the information they need is on page 2 and many will only read that page, but everything they need is in that book and giving it to them helps them.”

Mr Wijeyeratne says he is inspired by the way Canterbury employers are keeping their businesses running in sometimes difficult compromised circumstances and surroundings.

“We admire the positive attitude Christchurch employers are showing and believe everyone could take a leaf from their book. We are especially pleased to be able to help SMEs keep on keeping on.”


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