The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP), based in Solihull, has secured the 60th spot on the Best Companies’ list of the UK's Best Small Companies to Work For.
This achievement marks a significant jump from its 80th position last year, reflecting the Institute's ongoing dedication to its employees. The CIPP, the Chartered Institute for payroll, pensions, and reward professionals in the UK, boasts a membership of over 9,500 individuals who benefit from its comprehensive range of services, including education, support, and membership benefits. The institute has positioned itself as a key player in elevating the profile of payroll in businesses across the UK and internationally.
The recent accolade from Best Companies recognises the CIPP's success in creating a workplace with a distinct family feel, where employees are not just part of an organisation but an integral part of a community. Assessors commended the CIPP's 'Employee Voice' internal group, where employees are empowered to voice their opinions and suggestions, contributing to a culture of inclusivity and innovation.
Initially launched in 2001, Best Companies lists and accreditations are seen as the gold standard in workplace engagement in the UK, recognising organisations and managers who genuinely value and respect their employees. Small businesses were categorised as having between 25 - 74 full-time employees and the list featured businesses from a wide range of sectors including payroll, recruitment and property.
Vickie Graham, Business Development Director at CIPP, expressed her pride in the recognition, stating, “We strive to be a business that employees are proud to be working for, and the recognition by Best Companies is a testament to that dedication."
The institute's dedication to its workforce is further highlighted by its regional rankings. CIPP secured the 55th position in the West Midlands and an impressive 8th place in the category for not-for-profit organisations.
In addition to its workplace success, CIPP's membership magazine, ‘Professional in Payroll, Pensions, and Reward,’ recently clinched the Best Association Newsletter or Magazine (circulation 6,000 – 25,000) Bronze Award at the GCN Events Association Excellence Awards 2023.
Reflecting on the institute's achievements, Graham added, "To also take a significant jump up in the standings to 60th is proof that we are supporting our employees in the right way. I hope that we can continue to create an environment where our workforce can thrive, enjoy coming to work, and take pleasure in supporting payroll professionals across the UK.”
CIPP's success extends beyond workplace recognition. The institute's education portfolio is meticulously designed to meet business and individual needs, offering relevant training in the ever-evolving market. Additionally, CIPP's policy and research team actively represents its members in government consultation forums on the 185+ pieces of legislation affecting payroll and pensions in the UK.
Notably, the CIPP has received prestigious accolades, including being recognised as the best overall UK association at The Association Excellence Awards in 2016 and 2018. They have also been listed as one of the top 100 not-for-profit organisations in the UK to work for by The Times in 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2020.