Payroll and Employee Services

Providing services for more than 1500 employers, our payroll team has a wide range of experience in different industry sectors.  We understand the different industry needs, giving you the assurance that we can help you.

One size doesn’t fit all and we understand this, that’s why you will receive a tailored service, to suit your needs, at a competitive price.

Paying employees

Happy employees make for a productive workforce. Processing their pay correctly and on time will ensure your biggest assets are content with their remuneration.

Obligations to the UK Government

The plethora of legislation surrounding the UK tax system can be a minefield if not interpreted correctly, and can be very costly to a business if they get it wrong. We will remove this risk by submitting the relevant data to Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in real time on your behalf.

Outsourcing your Payroll

Find out how Armstrong Watson's Payroll and Employee Services can run your payroll including the benefits this can bring to your business.

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Automatic enrolment into a workplace pension scheme

Don’t have the time to learn all the new rules? Let our qualified payroll experts take away the pain, and set up and process all your automatic enrolment requirements.


Karen Thomson, our Director of Payroll sits on a number of government working groups. This ensures not only that the payroll team is always up to date on what’s new, but also what might be coming in the future, so that we can best advise you. Karen ensures all employer views are represented, especially the smaller employer views.

Off-Payroll Working Rules (IR35)

Information and advice on the IR35 'Off Payroll Working Rules'. Who the rules apply to and what it means for employers.

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An Award-Winning Payroll & Employee Service


Would you like a service that’s award winning and a little different to the “norm”?  Do you want to feel confident in your payroll delivery to your employees? If the answer is 'yes' then Armstrong Watson Payroll & Employee Services is for you.

Qualified payroll professionals, who are up to date with all the legislation surrounding payroll and automatic enrolment, providing a smooth and pain free payroll process for you and your employees.

Any problem you might have isn’t a problem to the payroll team.  The team will work with you to understand your needs and provide a tailored solution just for you.

The payroll service was established in 1974 and is serving more than 1500 customers.  In excess of 28,000 payslips are processed each month, giving you the confidence that we have the expertise to handle your payroll.  The payroll service is Bacs approved with more than £11m payments being processed through the system.  The team provide payroll services for a wide range of industries, from farming to schools, to manufacturing so we have the experience necessary to handle all eventualities.  Payrolls exist of just one employee to more than 700 employees.

The service can process any pay frequency, giving you all the flexibility you may require.

All the payroll team are either qualified or studying towards their Foundation Degree in Payroll, through the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals, delivering peace of mind to all our clients.

The team have a 100% success rate on delivering automatic enrolment solutions.

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Payroll Update March 2020

With new legislation due to come into force in April 2020, here's an update of the changes and measures employers may need to put in place.

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Payroll Outsourcing Guide

Download our Payroll Outsourcing Guide to understand the benefits outsourcing your payroll can have on your business

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Welsh Rates of Income Tax General Information (WRIT)

The Welsh rates of Income Tax will come into effect from 6 April 2019 - Download your guide.

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Welsh Rates of Income Tax for Employees (WRIT)

Download HMRC's WRIT factsheet for Employees

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Welsh Rates of Income Tax for Employers (WRIT)

Download HMRC's WRIT factsheet for Employers

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Admin Burdens Advisory Board (ABAB) Report

The annual ABAB report shares information on what small business views are on the current tax system. Karen Thompson, Partner and Head of Payroll and Employee Services is a contributor to this report and analysis.

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