The Global Payroll Association announce the Global Payroll Awards winners

Payroll professionals from around the world gathered at the historic Tower of London on 26 May 2016 for the inaugural Global Payroll Association Awards organised by the Global Payroll Association (GPA).

Over 180 guests and nominees from as far as the USA, India, South Africa, Europe and the Nordic countries celebrated the achievements of the global payroll industry at the glamorous ceremony hosted in the infamous White Tower.

The venue is steeped in history and was the place where the Princes in the Tower were imprisoned before they mysteriously disappeared in the 15th century. The event didn’t disappoint when it came to pomp and ceremony with traditional yeomen, a toastmaster and trumpeters.

Several prestigious awards were presented throughout the evening recognising the work of payroll’s unsung heroes, including global payroll managers, software suppliers, in-country providers and expatriate teams. A special Judges Award for outstanding achievement went to Bond Payroll Services, who recently battled adversity to deliver their high standard of services.

Melanie Pizzey, CEO of the GPA and host of the event, commented: “The GPA is honoured that over 180 people from the world’s payroll industry, as well as in-country providers, could join us to make the first Global Payroll Awards a resounding success. Our payroll professionals, from consultants to suppliers and in-house teams, had the opportunity to gather and celebrate the industry as a whole and champion the innovative and crucial work of our global payrollers”.

Next year’s event will take place on 8 June in Amsterdam.

The Global Payroll Awards winners 2016

In-country Payroll Provider of the Year  Sponsored by Carval Computing Ltd


Payroll Resources BV

NVM Group Co. Ltd

Qube Logistics

Amesto AccountHouse AB

Praxima Africa Payroll Systems (Pty) Ltd

Highly Recommended: Amesto AccountHouse AB  

Amesto´s policy is to employ individuals with a long and comprehensive career in payroll. Their team of consultants vary in background and have a solid knowledge of payroll and in-depth experience. Within Sweden there are over 400 different Collective agreements, all of which the Amesto Accounthouse team are equipped to deal with. Several of Amesto’s consultants are already authorized by SRF (who plan to use only authorized consultants). Over the last 4 years Amesto’s have not lost a single client due to bad service.

Winner: NVM Group Co. Ltd

NVM Group was established in 2003 by Mr. Huynh Minh Quan, a young entrepreneur and Consultant who started his career in labor audit at Adidas and Timberland. With local understanding and knowledge gained from the multinational companies and international standards in labor management, Huynh would like to minimise risks within human resources and maximize efficiency.  NVM Group dreams of being the HR services company of choice for global and fast growing organisations within South east Asia.

International Payroll Payments Supplier of the Year Sponsored by Cintra HR & Payroll Services.



Equiniti International Payments

The judges had a very difficult time choosing between HIFX and Equiniti International Payments as International Payroll Payments supplier of the year.  Both organizations have strong business models and extremely strong awards entries.

Highly Recommended: HIFX

HiFX provides global end-to-end payment solutions which enable organizations to process, execute and deliver multiple payments in 147 currencies to 220  countries and territories quickly, easily and securely.

Winner:  Equiniti International Payments

Equiniti International Payments processed £780k of global payroll payments in 2015 and the total value of payments processed was £1.0bn. Over the past 12 months Equiniti International Payments focus on customer service has been rewarded by recommendations and referrals from multiple payroll partners and has enabled Equiniti International Payments to assist new clients and partners to disburse global payments to the right person at the right time in over 180 countries.

Global Payroll Transformation Project of the Year Sponsored by Praxima Africa Payroll Systems (Pty) Ltd.


CloudPay & Visa Europe

Safeguard World International

Winner: CloudPay & Visa Europe

Visa Europe’s new one of-a kind European payroll project delivered an integrated HR and payroll solution via CloudPay’s certified integration with their HCM platform, enabling compensation data to be entered from this platform to CloudPay. Payroll data for all European jurisdictions was authorised and validated online and fully automated resulting in minimal manual intervention, more rigorous compliance controls and a stronger audit trail.  The project delivered significant improvements across both HR and payroll and transformed electronic payment processes across 27 countries.

Professional Employer Organisation of the Year Sponsored by EMS.


Safeguard World International

Velocity Global

Winner: Velocity Global

Velocity Global can be credited with inventing Foreign Subsidiary as a Service (FSaaS). Covering over 175 countries they help companies seize the opportunity to expand overseas without waiting for months to set up a subsidiary.  Velocity Global flagship product, FSaaS (Foreign Subsidiary as a Service), cuts the time it takes to enter a foreign market by 95+ percent and can be up to 50% cheaper when compared to creating a subsidiary.

Global Payroll Innovation Award Sponsored by SRF Konsulterna.


SafeGuard World International

Neeyamo Enterprise Solutions (P) Ltd

Winner: SafeGuard World International

Safeguard World have produced and designed an innovative web-based solution that allows employees to access their in-country statements in local language and currency from wherever they happen to be based. The portal provides employees with a standardized, branded, easy-to-use solution. Their client’s entire workforce can access their pay statements virtually.

Expatriate Payroll Team of the Year Sponsored by Payroll Resources BV.


Taxback International


Axiomatic Consultants

Winner: Airswift

Airswift is an international workforce solutions provider with over 800 employees in 52 offices worldwide, 6000 contracts and a candidate database of 500,000.  The team have faced and achieved many challenges in 2015 and have hit deadlines by working as a team and supporting each other.  They have been flexible in their roles and continually cross train to provide back up for each other.

Global Payroll Supplier of the Year Sponsored by HIFX Presenting Award: Barry O’Sullivan (HIFX)



SafeGuard World International

Cintra HR & Payroll Services

Winner: SafeGuard World International

A global leader of payroll and employment outsourcing, SafeGuard World International specializes in helping their Clients to navigate through the myriad of regulatory complexities in over 165 countries.  Whether they need to compliantly pay a few workers in a new territory within a matter of weeks, establish new legal entities or manage a large existing worker payroll, they can help every stage of the journey. Safeguard World International services are expertly managed by their passionate team of Guardians around the globe, giving peace of mind and time required to focus on making your business an international success.

Global Consultant of the Year Sponsored by GPA Consultancy.


Amesto AccountHouse AB

John Galvin – Galvin International Ltd

Axiomatic Consultants

Winner: John Galvin – Galvin International Ltd

In 2015 John created the international expansion company Galvin International, with a mission to make it easy for companies to expand internationally. Through his network across 70 countries, John helps clients expand all over the world with current assignments in EMEA, APAC and the Americas. John is passionate about making it easy for companies of all sizes to expand into new markets and realise the full potential of their business.

In-country Payroll Team of the Year Sponsored by NIRPA.


Bond Payroll Services

Amesto AccountHouse AB

Transguard Group LLC


Qube Logistics

Axiomatic Consultants

Winner: Qube Logistics

Qube Logistics have been chosen as this years in-country payroll team of the year after having saved the business in excess of a million Australian Dollars per annum. The payroll department has gained universal respect across the business and payroll is no longer an overhead but an integral proactive partner in the business. There are AWESOME!


Payroll Software Supplier of the Year Sponsored by




Cintra HR & Payroll Services

Winner: Cintra HR & Payroll Services

Over the last 10 years Cintra Hr & Payroll Services have seen average year on year growth of 18% which we believe is a testament to their service. They say they have never lost a client due to bad customer service and have a client retention rate greater than 99%. Cintra has a staff turnover less than 4% proving that Cintra really is a great place to work.

Global Payroll Manager of the Year Sponsored by SafeGuard World International.


Sarita Harding, Transguard Group LLC

Gemma Donoghue – EMS

Paul Kilbride – Mallinckrodt

Winner: Sarita Harding – Transguard Group LLC  

As a payroll manager Sarita was responsible for the management of an end-to-end payroll service for more than 48,000 employees. With a team of 20 payroll professionals covering the full spectrum of payroll services including time and attendance, processing, employee payments and client invoicing. Recently promoted Sarita is now recognized as a key member of the Transguard Senior Management Team.

Global Payroll Team of the Year Sponsored by Neeyamo Enterprise Solutions (P) Ltd.




Dow Jones

Winner: Dow Jones

The Dow Jones payroll team actively attend networking and training events outside of their normal working hours, ensuring that their knowledge & understanding of local legislation is current at all times. During 2016 they will also start to act as a Payroll Bureau for a sister company in France & Italy, we won the contract after being recognized as specialists in their field. For the first time in the company’s history Payroll will be a profit making department, being able to demonstrate the added value not only financially but in terms of profile & performance to senior management was key in the decision.


Judges Award 2016 Award for outstanding achievement.  Presenting Award: Nick Bryant (State Street Bank & GPA Awards Judge)

Winner: Bond Payroll Services

This year’s award for outstanding achievement is presented to Bond Payroll Services. The Payroll Team at Bond have gone above and beyond their normal day to day duties. This payroll team have ensured that Bond Payroll Services not only remained to their usual standard of operation in extreme adverse circumstances but actually managed to increase business and customer satisfaction. This close knit and professional team are a credit to the payroll industry. More

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