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Global Payroll Services

Simplified. Compliant. Affordable.

IRIS Global Workforce Management’s global payroll services will ensure your international employees are paid accurately, compliantly and on time, every time.

Trusted partner in global payroll services.

We support businesses in 135 countries worldwide to reach their expansion goals.

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    Simplifying International Compliance

    With varying languages, currencies, benefits, and most importantly, legislative compliance to contend with across different countries, global payroll can feel impossible to navigate. It’s no surprise that global managed payroll can seem overwhelming.

    As a global payroll provider, IRIS’s team of experts have an in-depth understanding of local legislation across multiple countries, meeting regulatory standards and ensuring full compliance in every country we operate in. We deliver compliant, managed, and simplified global payroll to help your business expand, so you can rest assured your payroll is being taken care of as it should when you work with us

    • Payroll onboarding and off-boarding

      Across 135 countries, we help businesses seamlessly and compliantly ​on-board and off-board employees from payroll, saving your company valuable time.


      • Complexity discovery sessions​
      • In-country authority registration​ and set-up​
      • In-country payroll configuration​ Parallel run(s)​


      • De-registration of employees and payroll with local authorities
    • Secure payroll processing & calculation

      As global payroll experts who understand the complexities of delivering payroll solutions in multiple locations, languages, and currencies, we can process complex in-country payroll calculations correctly and securely, without fail.

      Preparation and calculations

      • Employee changes​
      • Salary changes ​
      • Variable pay and bonuses​
      • Holiday & absences​
      • Statutory changes​
      • Income tax (national & regional)
      • Employer and employee social security​
      • Benefits​
      • General ledger reporting​
      • Salary calculation​
    • Global payments

      Paying your overseas employees shouldn’t be a hassle. For regular and timely payments, you require a partner who is consistent, dependable, and punctual. At IRIS, we ensure that your global workforce receives their pay on time, every time in their local currency – all within 8 weeks of set-up.

      Request & receipt of funds

      • Raise Funds Request (FR) with a breakdown of foreign liabilities for payment (salaries, social security, taxes primarily)​
      • Funds collection management, money movement and funds allocation processes​
      • Commit, reconcile and cross-reference trades​
      • Reconcile disbursements & post-trade reporting ​

      Employee payments

      • Pay employees in their local currency

      Other beneficiary payments

      • Pay local beneficiaries in their local currency from in-country bank accounts e.g. social security and income tax obligations
    • Year-end statutory reporting

      There’s no need to worry about deadlines. We ensure that you meet all local deadlines with compliant filing and reporting from our expert, in-country teams.

      Year-end reporting

      • Country-specific Tax Year-End (TYE) procedures, processes and timescales
      • Review of payroll settings and reconciliation activities
      • Production and disbursement of final pay runs & reports
      • Updating of employee records (allowances, tax codes, social security records, share plans)
      • Updating of relevant authorities

      New tax year

      • Ensure you are compliant with any new local legislation changes
      • Adjust director settings for the new tax year
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    Trusted market leaders in global payroll & HR services.

    To be a leading global payroll provider, you need a proven track record of your expertise – and we have just that.


    Happy customers from all industry sectors all across the globe


    Countries where we can deliver ‘in-country’ payroll & HR services​


    Or 90% of the global workforce covered by our payroll & HR solutions ​


    in global payment disbursements paid per annum by IRIS ​


    Over four decades of helping customers grow with our payroll & HR solutions​

    Industry-recognised Awards & Accreditations

    Thames Valley Tech Awards 2022 logo
    Best Workplace award - Great Place to Work UK 2022
    Best Workplace in Tech award - Great Place to Work UK 2022
    Best Workplace for Women award - Great Place to Work UK 2022
    Best Workplace for Wellbeing award - Great Place to Work UK 2022
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    UK tech awards 2022
    Great Place to Work certified
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    Why choose IRIS Global Workforce Management for payroll?

    It’s no surprise that IRIS Global Workforce Management is an internationally trusted payroll provider. Not only is our goal to harmonize your workforce as you grow, but we also save you time and money. We take the pain away from payroll to allow you to focus on your strategic goals and improve the engagement and performance of your global workforce.

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    Simplified, Accelerated People Performance

    Seamlessly, compliantly onboarding your organization and people to rapidly unlock your talent investment by reducing their time to value.

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    Trusted Excellence in Global Payroll & Benefits

    We take the complexity away from local pay & benefits, ensuring your growing global workforce are paid accurately on-time, every time.

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    Global Expertise, ​ Local Knowledge

    Our experienced global payroll and HR specialists work in partnership with ​you to maximize your global workforce’s full potential with a truly integrated solution.

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    Solutions That Flex ​With Your Growth

    Flexible people-led pay & HR solutions supporting you across the employee & ​ global expansion lifecycle​.

    Global expertise, local knowledge

    We offer payroll services in 135 countries worldwide, and have helped businesses take the plunge and expand their operations overseas for over four decades.

    You’ll have access to one dedicated point of contact, but you’ll benefit from a broader network of in-country experts. No matter where your business is operating from, our experts will have a strong understanding of local laws and legislation to keep your payroll in safe hands.

    Expanding fast? We do much more than global payroll.

    At IRIS, we do more than pay your employees. We are able to provide a complete end-to-end service that scales with your business. We can unify global payroll & HR to get you up and running overseas faster and more efficiently, improving employee time to value.

    Our flexible approach not only ensures payroll and people compliance, but it also enhances productivity and improves engagement and performance of your global workforce. Our payroll solution is fully scalable to ensure you have maximum support every step of the way.

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    Payroll Onboarding
    Payroll Processing & Calculation
    Request & Receipt of Funds
    Employee & Local Authority Payments
    End of Year Statutory Reporting
    (Most Popular Choice)
    Benefits Sourcing
    Benefits Management
    Pension Management
    Supplementary Benefits & Benchmarking
    (Most Popular Choice)
    Compliant Contracts & Policies
    Employee Onboarding & Compliance
    Employee Offboarding
    HR Advice & Support
    HR Software
    HR Administration

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    A centralized portal across every country

    Looking for a cloud-based payroll portal that gives you full visibility across every aspect of your global payroll? Look no further than IRIS FMP’s new payroll portal.

    Global payroll service FAQs

    How does global payroll work?

    Global payroll uses a system of in-country experts to compliantly and accurately pay employees situated around the world. These experts will process payroll for the employees in their country, submitting the pay run figures to a central dashboard or account manager, they will also file any required submissions to the local government relating to your payroll. During this process, experts will need to consider factors such as country-specific regulations, taxes, insurance and more.

    Then, once the total pay run figures for every country are submitted, the employer pays the amount in full to the employees, and the in-country experts ensure each employee receives relevant paperwork, such as a pay stub and supporting tax documents.

    What does a global payroll service include?

    Global payroll services should include:

    · A dedicated point of contact for all of your payroll questions
    · Complaint, accurate and on time Payroll processing
    · Payslip, or pay stub, distribution
    · Assistance in payroll audit
    · Country-specific reporting
    · Where possible, facilitate direct local currency payments to your employees
    · Data entry & processing into the payroll system
    · Personnel & document production
    · Annual declarations
    · Tax and social security deductions

    What are the ways you can run global payroll?

    Depending on the amount of payroll you need to run and the knowledge of global payroll requirements for specific countries that you may already have, there are two different ways that you can run international payroll:

    · Outsourced payroll – Where your business fully outsources its global payroll to an already established company that has in-country experts, the software to process the calculations and submissions, along with the backing of multiple team members to give high quality and timely support.
    · Managed in-house – Where you train your in-house payroll department on the payroll requirements for all countries you are expanding your business into. Often you will have to acquire expensive in-country payroll software to be able to make the local tax and government submissions, as well as calculate tax in a compliant manner.

    Why choose an outsourced global payroll service?

    When expanding to a new country, or countries, increasing the expertise in-house is often expensive and time-consuming, especially when software is also required. Hiring specialist staff with expertise in a specific country’s payroll is often far more challenging, especially as the subject is so niche, even finding a new colleague with the language requirements could be difficult, especially when you are starting somewhere new.

    The expense of hiring or training can easily enter the thousands. If that employee leaves, companies will have to hire and retrain again. An international payroll provider is already established in a variety of countries and can therefore get your employees on pay run in a matter of days, not weeks, and best of all you don’t have to worry about the software or the training, it’s already handled.

    How much time and input is required from a global payroll client?

    Outsourcing the global payroll process means that customers can focus on their business whilst the service provider takes care of running your payroll solution, including any compliance matters, security, or other difficulties associated with managing payroll in other countries.

    How long does it take to set up global payroll?

    The set-up of global payroll depends on the number of countries you want to expand to and the legislation that exists there. For example, scaling into one country with a simpler payroll legislative system with a basic tax structure is going to take less time than expanding into a country with regional tax variations.

    Which payroll functions can be outsourced when running global payroll?

    As global payroll services vary, even within one company, there is always the opportunity to customise the service depending on your needs. You may want to include items like:

    · Calculation of pay and any deductions
    · Calculation of employer payroll taxes or deductions
    · Benefit payments and administration
    · Recording and submitting necessary reports to the respective authorities
    · Making the necessary payments (tax, social security etc.)

    What support will I receive with IRIS FMP global payroll services?

    IRIS FMP tailors its solutions to best complement a business’s goals and needs. To ensure confidence, accuracy, and compliance, every customer will have direct access to a dedicated payroll manager. With direct and personal support, you can entrust that your payroll solution will be delivered with limited disruption or delay.

    IRIS FMP has HR Consultancy support available, should you need support with any tricky employment relation issue or just general advice on the best practice in that country.

    What countries does IRIS FMP operate in?

    IRIS FMP operates in 135 countries worldwide and is continually expanding. This means that we can provide a comprehensive global payroll service, no matter where you’re looking to expand to. Below are just some examples of where we work. We also have a comprehensive list of countries we work in:

    · Austria
    · Bulgaria
    · Finland
    · Italy
    · Malta
    · United Kingdom

    · Australia
    · Hong Kong
    · Japan
    · Philippines
    · Singapore
    · Kuwait

    Middle East / Africa:
    · Bahrain
    · Cyprus
    · United Arab Emirates
    · Qatar
    · South Africa
    · Turkey

    North America & Latin America:
    · Canada
    · United States of America
    · Mexico
    · Greenland

    It’s important for us to work with a team that really understands French payroll, tax and government legislation, and FMP does. They take our needs as a client seriously and fulfil them.

    Yvonne Davit, Payroll Administrator at Hootsuite

    I cannot say enough positives about our experience with FMP. Everyone prioritises providing the highest level of customer service… We could not have chosen a better business partner for our needs

    Pat Pucci, Human Resources Director, Maritz Global Events

    “We soon noticed the benefits of having the different payrolls under one bureau; we could use the same format to submit changes to all of them… We have experts on-hand to deal with any queries that come up, and they run our payrolls efficiently and correctly every month.” 

    Sarah Clarke, Payroll Manager at Westcoast Limited

    “We have one Account Manager to deal with, rather than having a different one for each location. The Account Manager is always very helpful & all communication is in English.”

    Leonie Lennon Senior Payroll & Benefits Administrator

    “We love that IRIS is fully managed, it requires minimal work from us, everything is so effortless and seamless! It’s saved us so much time not having to learn and look into how to manage international payroll, everything is handled for us.”

    Naomi Van EA and Office Manager Up Learn

    “FMP is very easy to do business with and responds to emails on a timely bases. Very willing to answer any questions and concerns we have concerning payroll and reports”

    Kim Adrian Sr. Payroll Specialist RF-SMART
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