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What is Payroll Outsourcing?

Payroll outsourcing is when you hire a specialist company to manage part or all of your payroll processes. In other words, it's payroll without the eyeroll.

Payroll is one of your biggest expenses and biggest risks - complicated, error-prone and incredibly time-intensive. Instead of losing valuable resources trying to handle your own payroll, you can outsource it to our specialists instead.

We can help you:

  • Save time and money by automating lengthy manual processes  
  • Use industry leading software with a 99.999% accuracy rate, reducing your risk of errors 
  • Access an in-house team of CIPP/iPASS professionals that make sure they get things right the first time, every time 

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Improve accuracy
Don’t let errors waste your time. Our solutions give you a 99.999+% accuracy rate, so you can breathe easy knowing you’ve got a shield against preventable errors.
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Manage risk and compliance
Our team will stay on the cutting edge of payroll legalisation and use all their expertise when working on your pay cycle.
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Support business continuity
Keep your payroll running smoothly, and you’ll see benefits across the organisation thanks to everyone feeling a lot less stressed!
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Safe and secure data
We’ll guard your payroll data with our state-of-the-art data centres and accredited systems (including SOC2, ISO9001, ISOO27001).
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Improve financial wellbeing
Give your employees something truly precious: peace of mind. When they can trust they’ll always be paid accurately, their financial wellbeing skyrockets.

Payroll processing service
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Payroll processing service

We understand you may be reluctant to hand your payroll entirely to an outsourcing company. That's why we've developed a range of services that let you choose how much support you need. 

Discover how we can help you take the pain out of payroll.

Payroll managers software
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Payroll managers software

When you partner with our payroll outsourcing experts, they’ll use our People First or iTrent software solutions to shoulder the load for you.

Alternatively, if you want to keep some of your payroll processing in house, you can use our systems to do the heavy lifting, with extra support from our specialists when you need it.

Common payroll problems
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Common payroll problems

We commissioned new research into the current state of payroll processing and discovered that almost 90% of organisations have made mistakes in the last 12 months. That’s led to employees being paid incorrectly or late, and slowed down payroll teams as they scramble to fix errors. 

Find out more in our new report. 

Could your organisation benefit from payroll outsourcing services?

Why move to MHR's payroll management services?

Payroll's a finicky thing. It has to be efficient, secure, accurate and always on time. Partner with us to escape the never-ending maze of spreadsheets, calculations and paperwork, not to mention the looming shadow at the end of the month.

Fuss-free payroll

Ditch the calculator and pick up your coffee our Managed Payroll Services are all about automation. Thanks to our software's 99.999+% accuracy, you get to sit back and relax as your employees get paid correctly, on time, every time. 

Blackbelts in payroll

Our team of CIPP and iPASS experts have been supporting our customers for over 35 years. It means we have the expertise and experience to help you flying-crane-kick your payroll into shape.

Time is money

Save at least a day every payroll run with our hosted service, and more than five days with our Payroll Management Service. That's 120+ hours of downtime.

Save time and money

Save at least a day every payroll run with our hosted service, and more than five days with our Managed solution.

Fully accredited

We're HMRC-recognised and accredited by BACS and the Payroll Quality Partnership from the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals

Trusted wingmen

Our team of payroll specialists are here to watch your six, like the Rooster to your Maverick. We're ready and waiting to help your organisation's payroll take flight, with zero turbulence. 

Legally legit

We deliver a fully complaint service in line with UK and Ireland, so no matter when or how the rules change you can rest assured that you're on the right side of the law.

Your data under lock and key

Our state-of-the-art-closed-network data centres in the UK and Ireland keep your data as safe and secure as the Crown Jewels. 

What Managed Payroll Services do we offer?

BACS, payslips and P11Ds

Our payroll outsourcing services can support your in-house team while leaving you retaining control. Supported by our market-leading payroll platform and expert teams, we'll provide admin services such as processing your BACS and payslips or running your P11D processing.


Managed Payroll

Our Managed Payroll Service lets you jump off the payroll hamster wheel. After listening to your needs, our experts will handle everything, no matter how complex. Whether you've got thousands of people to pay or just a hundred, we can ensure that your payroll runs smoothly. 



Need a smaller payroll run? Whether you're an international company with a single UK employee or a family business with 10 employees, we can run your payroll for you. Our experts will offer transactional support, ensuring accuracy and compliance while you focus on growing your business. 


Emergency Payroll

When your internal payroll kicks the can, our Emergency Payroll Service can give you a short-term processing service to see you through the worst. We'll step in and take the reins for as long or as little a time as you need. No matter what happens, we'll make sure your paydays go off without any maydays.


Payroll outsourcing FAQs

Benefits of outsourcing payroll:

  1. Save time
  2. Reduce costs
  3. Get industry-leading accuracy and precision
  4. Reduce risks, including compliance-related risk
  5. Stay compliant
  6. Access to experts
  7. More time to focus on core business activities

Processing payroll in-house is complicated and, time-consuming. The devil is in the details and your internal teams need to grapple with ever-changing legislation to avoid possible censure, penalties or fines.

By outsourcing your payroll, you free your team from these responsibilities and risks. You leave your payroll processing in the expert hands of specialists with the expertise to ensure that your employees are paid accurately on time, every time, and in line with current legislation.

The result? Less risk and more time to focus on core activities, productivity and results.

While the benefits of outsourcing your payroll are clear, we understand that every business's challenges are different. That's why we offer a payroll management service that can adapt to your organisation, whatever your needs.

We offer a range of services to suit every requirement, from peripheral payroll servicing for businesses who don't want to hand over their payroll fully to comprehensive payroll outsourcing for organisations looking to completely streamline their payroll commitments.

Whatever your needs, budget, size and sector, we can come up with support package to suit you.

Our payroll outsourcing services consist of four key products. Each is designed for a specific need but all of our services are scalable to your requirements.

Our Payroll Processing Service provides expert, highly accurate support to in-house payroll teams. Our Managed Payroll and Transactional services offer scalable external payroll servicing for businesses of all sizes. Our Emergency Payroll, meanwhile, fills gaps for businesses that need short-term, immediate help, and helps to ensure that your people are paid correctly and on time.

Which service should you choose, depends on your organisation's circumstances. Why not speak to a member of our team to discuss which option makes the most sense?

The benefits of automated payroll are:

  • Get industry-leading accuracy and precision
  • Ensure efficient payroll processing
  • Reduce errors
  • Reduce costs
  • Save time
  • Reduce compliance risks
  • Ensure security and data protection

Running payroll requires several complicated tasks and procedures that are time consuming and risky when done manually. 

With automated payroll, paying employees accurately and on time is easier, and more efficient, plus there's a significantly lower risk of errors.

The built-in features of an automated solution are always kept up to date. It takes care of complicated payroll functions, security concerns, and compliance rules freeing up your time and energy, to focus on higher-level tasks and projects.

Yes. Our Payroll Processing Service is essentially a bureau service providing expertise and support your internal payroll teams, letting you keep some control over the payroll process.

A cost-efficient and time-saving, our payroll platform iTrent and expert payroll team helps you minimise the risk of errors and fines caused by manual interventions. It also reduces extra admin required to fix errors, as well as ensuring compliance and high levels of security.

We, also keep our finger on the pulse of legislative changes, so you can rest assured that we can keep the legal eagles happy. 

Security is of paramount importance to us and we go to great lengths to ensure that your employee data is safe and secure.

We continuously invest in the latest technologies to keep your data protected with cutting edge security, robust data protection mechanisms, disaster recovery, compliance and assurance (SOC2, ISO9001, ISOO27001), monitoring and support.