As operations leaders in fast-paced startups, we often juggle multiple responsibilities, and a significant one is paying our team — a task typically overseen by HR and People Ops.
Before our companies grow to the point where we can fire ourselves from this role and hire a full-time Head of Ops, we want to do a decent job at:
- Timely and accurate team compensation
- Adhering to diverse regulatory standards
- Streamlining these processes for efficiency
- Ensuring scalability to match our company's growth
Our Guest Speaker
Sabrina is Pento's first Chief Operating Officer - running G&A functions and driving operational excellence across the company. She's also known for her unique approach and achievements as CFO at Tessian.
Pento combines the best of payroll software with best-in-class support. With Pento, get a strong payroll automation platform, with all the perks of a bureau in the form of CIPP-qualified expert support.
Sabrina has been part of the ON community for a number of years, and we are so grateful for her to share her knowledge with us all on such a valuable topic. If you have any questions about the webinar content, or Pento please reach out to Sabrina on LinkedIn.
Event Recording and Slides
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- Payroll Complexity: Payroll involves various complexities, including apprenticeship levy, statutory payments, and special rules for different worker types.
- Outsourcing Efficiency: Outsourcing and using payment software can streamline payroll processes and ensure compliance.
- Apprenticeship Levy Utilization: The apprenticeship levy can be utilized to fund apprentices if budgeting hasn't been planned for it.
- Statutory Maternity and Paternity Pay: Employers can reclaim 92 percent of statutory maternity and paternity pay, excluding enhanced payments.
- Scalability Challenges: Growing companies face challenges in scaling payroll operations, requiring efficient processes and tools for automation.
- Evolution of Payroll Responsibilities: Payroll responsibilities evolve within a company, transitioning from founder or generalist control to dedicated roles in HR and finance.
- Investment Considerations: Payroll may not be a CFO's primary investment choice, and the need to balance investment in systems and processes is crucial.
- International Contractor Challenges: Hiring international contractors through EOR models poses challenges, emphasizing the need for selectivity and understanding local implications.
- IR35 Clarification: Payrolling is necessary for inside IR35 contractors, and this does not apply to contractors outside IR35.
- Career Growth Strategies: Operations managers transitioning from generalists to specialists should focus on demonstrating skills before seeking recognition, with options including Chief of Staff or business operations roles.
Additional Key Takeaways:
- Zero-Hour Worker Holiday Entitlement: Even zero-hour workers are entitled to 5.6 weeks of holiday per year, with special rules for calculating their holiday payments.
- Use of Systems for Scalability: Alongside sophisticated platforms, homegrown automations using tools like Zapier and Google Sheets can effectively scale payroll operations.
- Responsibility for Permanent Establishment: Companies hiring internationally should be aware of the concept of permanent establishment, which may lead to tax obligations in certain countries.
- Balancing Investment in Payroll: CFOs often prioritize investments in R&D or sales over payroll, making it essential to find a balance between payroll and other business functions.
- Pride in Firing Yourself: Career generalists should take pride in contributing to a company's growth, even if it means working themselves out of a job, as it signifies success and progress.