Launch of South Africa’s first Payroll Standard By Marius Meyer and James McKerrell

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From 2014 to 2017 the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP) developed a total of 25 HR Professional Practice Standards in support of the 13 National HR Management System standard elements. Each Professional Practice Standard sets out the operational/tactical process that constitutes good practice in that particular area of HR Management, giving expression to practical issues in more detail than can be covered in the main HRM standard. In 2017 SABPP formed an HR collaboration alliance with the South African Payroll Association (SAPA) and the South African Reward Association (SARA).  As a first step towards collaboration, it was decided that SABPP and SAPA would work together to develop a payroll standard for South Africa (to be added to the suite of 25 HR Professional Practice Standards of SABPP).   The purpose of the payroll standard is to ensure the sound governance, professionalism and a consistent approach to payroll practice.

SABPP and SAPA would like to thank all the contributors to the development of the payroll standard, and in particular the following individuals for their leadership role in the development and/or comment phases of the payroll standard:

  • Dr Shamila Singh, Head: HR Standards (SABPP)
  • Ms Annetjie Moore, Head: HR Audit Unit (SABPP)
  • Elizabeth Dhlamini-Kumalo, Head: HR Governance Committee (SABPP)
  • Mr Allen Lombard, Chief Operating Officer (SARA)
  • Ms Renske Coetzee, Head: HR (Redefine Properties)
  • Cathie Webb, Chief Operating Officer (Accsys)
  • Lavine Haripersad, Payroll Manager (Twinsaver) and Vice-chairperson, SAPA
  • Moira du Plessis, Payroll Manager (Concor)
  • Sue Molyneux, Payroll Consultant (Britehouse)
  • Doreen Didgen, Payroll Manager (Tsogo Sun)
  • Frank de Beer, Organisation Development Manager (Bytes Systems Integration)
  • Michael Glensor, Lead Auditor (SABPP)
  • Yendor Felgate, Lead Auditor (SABPP)
  • Elizabeth Warren, Lead Auditor (SABPP)

The payroll standard covers the full spectrum of payroll activities as depicted in the figure below. The standard describes how companies should manage all aspects of the payroll system.

The payroll standard will be launched at the 5th Annual HR Standards Conference of SABPP in Kyalami, Johannesburg. More information about the HR Management System Standards and HR Professional Practice Standards is available from the SABPP office on (011) 045 5400 or on the websites or  Regular updates about the HR Standards and payroll standard are provided via twitter @SABPP1 @SAPayroll

We trust that the payroll standard will make a contribution to improving the quality and consistency of payroll practice in South Africa. We would like to encourage users of the standard such as HR Managers, Financial Managers, Payroll Managers and Payroll Officers, Remuneration Managers and Payroll Providers to ensure the consistent application of the standard in the workplace.

Marius Meyer is CEO of SABPP and James McKerrell is Chairman of SAPA.