Life-long learning definitely pays


In the business world, we are compelled to keep learning about new
developments in technology, how these will impact our lives and what new
innovations lie in store for us. We have little choice. We have to keep up or get left
behind. This involves the phones we use, our computers, and our software, as well
as our microwave ovens.

What does it mean for those people employed in the day-to-day activities of a
busy payroll department? This may not sound terribly important, but one slip-up in
the payroll department and that could lead to non-payment on key days in the
month. That is when the payroll department becomes hugely significant.

The South African Payroll Association has given this a great deal of thought and
has, dedicated resources and time to the thorny issue of continuous learning. In
business, a poorly-run and inefficient payroll division is a serious risk to a company.
Payroll has become so complex in recent years that it is essential to employ skilled
and experience payroll personnel.

As the professional body for those employed within the payroll sector, the
Association has been hard at work and is pleased to confirm that in addition to
registered qualifications for payroll personnel, many other activities are in place to
add depth to the existing knowledge pool.

Workshops and seminars are held regularly with experts conducting these events.
Professional designations have been developed and CPD (Continuous Professional
Development) activities put in place. A master’s degree (NQF Level 7) will be
available to payroll practitioners in the near future. All of these activities form part of
what the Association regards as "Life Long Learning'. Participation and interest in all
aspects of the payroll function including accessing the latest technology means
highly qualified people who add value to their companies and enrich their own lives.

CEO’s and managers should ask themselves whether they have taken into
account the risk resulting from having poorly trained and incompetent staff in payroll.
Having highly skilled personnel in any business means a well-run efficient and
profitable concern. A highly trained payroll administrator means a legally compliant
business, happy and motivated staff.

The South African Payroll Association is determined that the professionals
registered with us are active members of the "Life Long Learning' fraternity.

To communicate the importance of Life Long Learning to the market, the
Association is hosting its annual national Conference in Cape Town, Durban and
Johannesburg in September.

"Payroll in Broadway' is the Conference theme and several keynote speakers are
scheduled to present on various topics.

Included on the itinerary is the art of networking, South African Labour Market
trends 2013, SARS, Data Analytics and the function of payroll, changes in payroll
over time, tax update, employee benefits, payroll education and training, amongst

Several high profile industry stalwarts will be attending including Payroll Giving’s
advocate Dawie Crous, Sagren Govender from UIF, Daleen Meinhardt, Human Capital
Management Solutions, Business Connexion; Mariana Stander, Tax Consulting SA,
Jody Cedras, Director: Registration and Recognition, as well as Teryl Schroenn, CEO
of Accsys.

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