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Global Payroll

A simplified and unified payroll experience for your global workforce

Payroll is one of the most important and complex processes in any organization and now more than ever, your people expect to get paid both accurately and on time, in ways that suit them best.

Global payroll from Alight provides a complete, harmonized experience based on innovation, technology and expertise to elevate your payroll operations no matter the scale.

lack satisfaction with the level of overall value being derived from their global payroll operating models
are operating with limited or no global payroll harmonization and standardization
lack confidence in their multi-country payroll operating models to support the strategic direction of their businesses over the next 3 years
unsure if executive leaders and corporate cultures are fully aligned and invested in ‘elevating payroll’ globally

Source: Alight Global Payroll Transformation Value Assessment

A single view of your payroll, globally

Global payroll is underpinned by our industry leading technology Alight Worklife®. The cloud-based platform unifies payroll and HR in one place, creating a streamlined and standardized experience for your multi-country workforce. Powered by automation, the technology provides a single platform and experience to review, manage, process, report and analyze payroll globally. 

Services to drive efficiency and standardization

Remove the risk and complexity of running your payroll in house with managed payroll services to complement your existing strengths and investments. Bring together powerful global payroll technology and expert services that improve efficiency, ensure compliance, and remove the risk of costly payroll errors. 

Local expertise that understands local needs

Whether you’re looking for help with single country or multi-country payroll, we’ve got you covered with payroll in 188 countries and 25 languages. We understand the intricacies of tax, garnishments and legislation changes, and work tirelessly to ensure your payroll remains compliant and local payroll complexities are understood. 

A thoughtful approach to payroll innovation

We innovate and develop areas that include evolutions in bots, AI and data analytics to elevate the employee experience, facilitate cost control and provide financial visibility when and where you need it. 

Transformative payroll, delivered globally

Elevate user experience to increase engagement and productivity 

Streamline global payroll operations to quickly adapt to changing workforce, HR and business needs 

Standardize processes with best practice approach that brings consistent experience to all countries 

Harmonize and future-proof payroll with turnkey technologies 

Enjoy ongoing flexibility between Managed Payroll Services and Comprehensive Payroll Services as your priorities change 

De-risk payroll with customizable global infrastructure 

Drive a connected experience through powerful integrations

Alight Worklife® for payroll seamlessly integrates with your existing technology platforms leveraging certified, bi-directional integrations built and designed in collaboration with our cloud HCM partner network. These certified integrations reduce the implementation time and cost, provide rapid integration of local payroll capabilities and ensure an efficient and reliable payroll delivery.

Customer story

Deploying SuccessFactors employee central payroll to five countries for HSBC

In 2015, HSBC embarked on the most complex global HR and payroll transformation ever undertaken, providing unified access to the company HR platform for 138,000 employees and contractors across 65 countries.

Harmonizing international payroll for Egger Group

Egger implemented one integrated, streamlined payroll solution throughout its offices worldwide, leveraging localized language and compliance modules to provide a consistent payroll administration and reporting solution globally.

Frequently asked questions

Have a particular question about Global Payroll? We've answered some of the most commonly asked questions.

Global payroll is the process of consolidating local country payroll into a single process, platform and reporting framework, globally. This streamlines and simplifies payroll for multi-national organizations contributing to improved accuracy, timeliness and compliance and reduced errors, costs, and complexities. 

A global payroll provider partners with your organization to streamline your payroll operations globally. We consolidate your payroll engines, processes and technology into a unified experience and provide the means to manage, review and report your global payroll using a single platform. 

A global payroll solution includes calculations, processing, tax and garnishments, deductions, pay slips, year-end fulfillment, and settlement. This service is provided by a third-party on behalf of your organization. 

Processing payroll internationally can be a challenge with local regulations to consider. When it comes to managing this, we recommend considering the following:

  1. Use a single payroll platform where possible
  2. Automate tax notifications and changes
  3. Partner with a Payroll Services provider
  4. Leverage a payments solution for settlement

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