Sub-Saharan payroll, HR market booms
by TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG – ORGANISATIONS in sub-Saharan Africa are seen moving away from manual management of their payrolls towards automated payroll solutions much to the boom of payroll and human resources (HR) market.
Gerhard Hartman, Head of Department at Sage HR Africa, said rapid economic growth throughout sub-Saharan Africa, paired with a growing focus on compliance in most countries, was prompting organisations in the private and public sector to implement world-class automated payroll and HR software.
“In West Africa, East Africa and the SADC region, companies are looking towards automated business solutions to improve efficiencies in HR and payroll.
“They are also embracing automation to improve accuracy and to combat fraud.
“Against the backdrop of growing regulatory complexity, organisations realise that spreadsheets and other manual methods are no longer enough to meet their needs,” he said.
Hartman said African companies’ payroll and HR requirements were becoming more sophisticated as their businesses grow, as they look to expand into new markets, and as they focus on managing their human capital as an asset.
As a result, many of those that relied on locally developed software are now looking towards solutions provided by multinationals such as Sage.
“In addition to seeking to streamline the payroll, we are also seeing many companies look to technology to help them better manage the performance of their workforces. For that reason, we are seeing healthy demand for solutions such as employee self-service, performance management, and training development for employees.
“They are looking for solutions that feature functionality such as tight integration with accounting systems, and which have powerful reporting tools that allow them to get accurate payroll and HR information that enables them to make better decisions.
“HR has come into its own as a strategic priority for African organisations,” he added.
Hartman said African organisations were at the cutting edge of technology as they adopt new HR and payroll solutions, staying at the forefront of trends such as the cloud and mobility.
“For many African businesses, the cloud is a way to save operational and capital costs in their IT environments, including payroll systems.
“And we are also seeing many implement online employee self-service solutions to automate processes like expense claims and leave approvals.”
– CAJ News
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