Councils link up for payroll deal

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WIGAN Council is joining forces with two other authorities in a bid to save millions of pounds.

Wigan is already sharing some services with Trafford and Stockport Council and now they are to share an HR and payroll system.

The project, entitled SWiTch, will be hosted by Wigan Council, and is expected to make savings of more than £2m for the three councils in the first two years of its use.

The system will handle records for more than 30,000 employees and will operate on three separate databases.

The application will be split between Wigan and Trafford for disaster recovery reasons, to avoid data replication and keep data secure.

The service has been set up so that other authorities can also come on board in the future.

And having already saved around £260,000, council bosses are now looking to extend the system, a phase which is expected to be completed by next March.

Alison Mckenzie-Folan, Director - Policy and Customer at Wigan Council, said: “Wigan, Stockport and Trafford Councils have been using the same payroll system for some years and when the time came to invest in a new system, the three councils have collaborated and worked closely together to exploit the efficiency savings of procuring a shared HR/Payroll system.

“The initial programme has projected savings of approximately £2m in procurement, implementation and project costs.

“The next phase is looking to bring further opportunities for shared services to make further efficiencies and savings for the three councils.

“This project is an exciting and innovative collaboration across Greater Manchester and Wigan Council are playing a key part in the overall change and transformation programme.

“We are also hosting the system on behalf of the three councils.

“We have ambitions that other organisations will want to tap into our services in the future and join in the collaboration.”