Why HR Teams Love Pento

Tom Hillman
3 mins

The HR function has changed significantly over the last year, as People teams have taken on more responsibilities  - from recruitment to development, compensation and onboarding - with payroll one more task on a long list. Disjointed and inefficient systems can make running payroll a time-consuming and expensive process for many businesses. We knew there had to be a better way.

That’s why we built Pento with modern HR & People teams in mind. Our automated payroll and easy integration means less time spent communicating with outsourced payroll providers, and more time spent on the work that really matters: helping look after the employees in your business.

Since 2016, we’ve helped 700+ businesses ditch payroll outsourcing and enter a new era of quick and easy automated payroll. Our cloud-based intuitive software automates everything from tax calculations to HMRC payments and integrates with HR systems like BambooHR and Hibob, letting you run payroll for any business in minutes not days.

Our customers tell us their HR teams love Pento, here are four reasons why:

1. It takes 80% less time

Yes, you read right: 80% less time. Think of what you could do with all that time saved.  We believe HR teams should be focusing on the high-value, strategic work that really benefits your business. So that’s why we designed Pento to handle the time-consuming, arduous processes that can make payroll a real task. Pento automatically adjusts earnings and contributions in real time, as well as making pro-rata calculations for mid-payroll joiners or holiday day payouts. Automated payments to HMRC and pension providers also keep your finance teams happy.

Gone are the days of being tied to the strict input deadline required by an outsourced provider (often five days or more before your payroll date). With Pento you can make last minute changes and onboard new employees right up until payroll, meaning less time spent chasing department heads for salary updates, and fewer chances of new hires not making it into this month's pay run.

2. Easy employee onboarding

With Pento, it's easy to onboard new employees, at whichever point in the month they join. By simply adding their details such as NI number and salary, their tax information is automatically fetched from HMRC and any current payments are pro-rated. Better yet, if you're using on of our integrated HR system partners, the employee information is automatically added to Pento meaning no additional work.

We’ve built Pento so you can run onboard new employees and run payroll by yourself. But don’t worry we’re not leaving you out on your own. If you need our help we have a team of in-house payroll experts who are on hand to answer your questions. You can contact us by phone or with our built-in chat support function and we’ll get back to you in super quick time - our average response time is just two minutes.

3. Smart integrations

In today’s ever more complex world, with constantly changing tax and compliance obligations and increasing numbers of contract and remote workers, ensuring your payroll is fully integrated with the rest of your business has never been more important.

Some of the ways Pento integrates with other key processes:

  • HMRC - As well as helping out your finance teams by automatically calculating and making payments to HMRC, Pento also notifies you of any changes to employee tax codes, and syncs with student loans data.
  • Pension - Pento checks if employees are eligible for pension and automatically sends out enrolment letters, and then reports each payroll to your pension providers. We are already connected to providers like Nest, The People’s Pension and Smart Pensions.
  • HR - Pento and HR systems like BambooHR and HiBob automatically sync employee data. We even create new joiners and calculate holiday pay outs for leavers.
  • Accounting platforms - And there’s no need to worry about changing your existing accounting platform, Pento integrates with platforms like Xero and Quickbooks, automatically updating the correct journals for your finance team. We’re working on syncing with other platforms like Sage and NetSuite - watch this space.

4. Easy to add benefits

Whether it's a company-wide private medical insurance, cycle to work schemes or a new employee on parental leave, Pento makes adding any salary additions or deductions simple in a few clicks. The payment and tax calculations are automated based on any of the time inputs entered, and we'll keep track of things like cycle scheme length to ensure the repayments are automatically stopped once it's over. All of this means the ease and flexibility to compensate your employees fairly, without the need for extra manual work.