HR Tech Consortium works on new data interchange format for exchanging payroll data


The HR Open Standards Consortium has created a working group to develop a JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) Payroll specification.  
 
The HR Open Standards Consortium has started working on a new data interchange format to standardise how payroll information is collected and exchanged.
 
The Consortium, which comprises HR tech vendors and payroll processors such as ADP and Insperity, has created a working group to develop a JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) Payroll specification that will sit alongside its existing XML-based payroll standard.
 
The aim of the new JSON Payroll specification is to standardise how employee information such as wages, hours worked, deductions and other compensation data is collected and processed in order to generate pay cheques, process deposits and undertake report filings in line with regional, country and local taxes. The project will also produce documented use cases, scheme diagrams and a glossary of terms.
 
Dave Garrett, payroll exchange product manager at NGA Human Resources, said: “As more organisations are looking for global, cloud-based HR information systems and payroll services, we see the need to have a strong payroll data standard.”
 
A further impetus is the growing number of employers choosing to outsource their HR and payroll functions to third parties as well as the rising levels of sophisticated benefit programmes. This means that more organisations are transmitting payroll data around than ever before.