60% incurred no extra costs from RTI

Almost two-thirds (60%) of respondents have not incurred any additional costs as a result of complying with the real-time information (RTI) programme, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP).


The CIPP Payslip statistics comparison report found that 33% of respondents had incurred additional costs, while 7% did not know whether they had done so.

The additional costs were largely due to the legislation’s requirement to upgrade existing payroll software, cited by 20% of respondents.

More respondents (44%) faced additional costs fulfilling their auto-enrolment obligations, while 43% had not incurred any additional costs and 13% did not know.

Additional costs in this instance were incurred due to the upgrading of payroll software, cited by 17% of respondents.

The research also found:

  • 39% of respondents now use online payslips, compared to 27% in 2013.
  • 37% of respondents are considering using online payslips, compared to 26% in 2013.
  • 83% of respondents which distribute online payslips reported significant cost savings as a result, with estimates ranging from £3,000 to £15,000 per year.
  • 38% of respondents include details of pensionable pay on payslips.
  • Friday remains the most popular payday for weekly, fortnightly and four-weekly payrolls.

Karen Thomson, associate director of policy, research and strategic visibility at the CIPP, said: “This is the sixth year that the CIPP’s policy team has surveyed its members to understand the long-term trends affecting employee payslips and this year has really thrown up some surprises for us.

“In particular, it is quite concerning how much the new legislation changes are costing employers in the updating of their payroll software systems, a figure which is only set to increase with the addition of automatic-enrolment.

“However, it is good to see many making cost savings elsewhere with the introduction of online payslips.”