LIPA to build on HR and payroll efficiencies with MidlandHR

The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) is set to implement a five year iTrent contract with specialist solutions provider, MidlandHR, for up-to-the-minute HR and payroll services.

With a go-live date scheduled for August 2009, stage one will see the implementation of HR, Payroll, Absence Management and Self Service to maximise operating efficiencies in the department.

Stage two will see the roll out of additional modules including Learning Events, People Development, and additional Self Service functionality, with implementation planned for late 2009.

iTrent’s total integration will also help optimise LIPA’s strategic approach to managing talent as the learning needs of each employee will be tracked and individually tailored from recruitment right through to training and development for succession and leadership planning.

Ray Adams, Director of HRM at LIPA, said: “The main challenges we are aiming to meet are to improve LIPA’s overall HR and payroll processes by gaining efficiencies and streamlining the system to provide better accessibility through the implementation of self service.

“We are looking forward to encouraging our 400 members of staff to take ownership of their own schedule through iTrent’s employee self-service module. Employees will also be able to access their personal details such as payroll information and leave processing, freeing the HR and Payroll department to focus on more strategic HR activities such as absence management.

“This self service element will not only improve accuracy of data but also enable a faster, more efficient HR and payroll service.”

Lawrence Knowles, managing director of MidlandHR, commented:

“We are pleased to be working in collaboration with LIPA. Our flexible, modern solution will ensure every member of staff is appropriately paid, leaving them to worry about more appropriate things, like shaping the next generation of people who want to work in the performing arts industry whether as performers or those who make performance possible.”

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