IQ:timecard Enables Mass Payroll Changes with Ease As Councils Consider ‘Living Wage’

Pressure is mounting for councils and local authorities to ensure they’re paying their staff the ‘living wage’, with both Lancashire and Durham County Council considering raising their own minimum wage for some of their lowest paid workers. As authorities all over the country look into making these changes, IQ:timecard – a leading time and attendance and integrated payroll solution – is encouraging any businesses thinking of making changes to their payroll to ensure that they have the software and the capabilities to handle such large-scale changes.

Lancashire County Council has already committed to raise the hourly wage to £7.65 for many workers like contract cleaners and catering staff, while Durham County Council’s considered scheme means caretakers, school crossing patrols and others receive at least £7.43 per hour – 93p more than the National Minimum Wage. With many of those staff members working remotely, especially contract cleaners, IQ:timecard is a fantastic way to manage payroll and ensure that all employees are being paid what they’re entitled to under these new schemes. It’s utilised widely in domiciliary care, security services and contract cleaning, offering a streamlined and efficient way to merge scheduling and monitoring with payroll.

David Lynes, Director of Unique IQ, says, “Managing payroll is a huge challenge for many large organisations like councils and local authorities, and with many of them now preparing to undertake these changes to wages, they must ensure that they have the software and the equipment to be able to assess and monitor how much their employees are earning.”

He adds, “IQ:timecard is a great way to integrate payroll with scheduling and staff monitoring. It’s suitable for tracking core teams of five workers or massive workforces of five hundred – and the custom report tool allows management to monitor budgets, wage brackets, total cost of employing certain staff, and more.”

IQ:timecard is cost-effective, strategic and user-friendly, packed with functionality which empowers businesses to tap into a range of operational, cost and time saving benefits. Feature-rich, flexible and robust, the solution can grow in tandem with employees while allowing management to retain control. The financial benefits are abundant – the software carries out the work of two or three people, freeing up time for HR staff and supervisors to focus on the more efficient running of any business that utilises remote employees, whether it’s domiciliary care or contract cleaning.