Public sector payroll and HR

The public sector is going through an exciting period of digital transformation, especially in mission-critical functions like payroll and HR. 

How do we know that?  

Because we have over 50 years of experience working with some of the UK and Ireland’s most innovative local governments, educational institutions, healthcare providers, housing associations and emergency services.  

We understand the unique challenges faced by public sector organisations. We strive to keep our customers one step ahead of change in the areas that matter most to them, from meeting complex regulations and sustainability goals, to hiring and retaining the best talent, to mitigating funding constraints by driving operational efficiency. 

Learn more about why public sector organisations choose Zellis for payroll and HR solutions. 

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Public sector customers across the UK and Ireland



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Colleges and universities



Public sector employees paid through our solutions

Award-winning public sector payroll software

When it comes to public sector payroll excellence, look no further than Zellis. Our award-winning payroll software is geared up to provide the functionality, flexibility, and performance that public sector organisations need. 

Best-of-breed payroll 

Our software is widely regarded as the most sophisticated payroll solution for the UK and Ireland, including the detailed needs of the public sector.

Confidence in compliance 

Our dedicated tools for all public sector payroll regulations make reporting, pensions and compliance easier. You name it, we’ve got it. 

Payments in seconds 

Our vision is to deliver the future of payroll. That’s why with Zellis Faster Payments, you can pay employees instantly and more accurately, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Flexible pay experiences

We work with our strategic partners to give your employees access to the latest developments in payroll, including Earned Wage Access (EWA) and Salary Finance.

Recognised, reliable and secure

Trusted and accredited 

We’re formally recognised and accredited by key industry bodies like HMRC, Irish Revenue and The Pensions Regulator.

Public sector pensions

Our software caters all major pension schemes across education, civil service, government and healthcare.

Regular software releases

We release regular software updates to keep you compliant with fast-moving public sector regulations.

GDPR and COVID-19 ready  

Our solutions keep your data safe with the highest security standards, and resilient in the face of COVID-19 disruption.

Next-generation human capital management

Ready to move your payroll and HR operations to the cloud? Our next-generation solution, Zellis HCM Cloud, is already helping top public sector organisations transform they way they work. 

Unparalleled flexibility

Use our best-of-breed payroll software standalone, integrate it seamlessly with your existing HR system, or build your own end-to-end HCM suite using the Zellis Marketplace. The choice is yours.

Performance in the cloud 

Zellis HCM Cloud’s deployment in the Azure public cloud ensures industry-leading levels of scalability, security, and resilience. Keep your operations running smoothly at all times.

Moments of magic for employees

Make employees feel appreciated for the work they do with self-service that is personalised, mobile and tightly integrated with their everyday systems and processes.

Advanced analytics capabilities 

Simplify your reporting requirements and establish a single source of truth. Unlock the business insights in your payroll and HR data with built-in analytics tools.

How we help public sector organisations thrive

Attract, onboard, and retain the best talent 

We know just how important engaged and motivated employees are to the success of your organisations. Our solutions provide them with the consumer-grade experiences your people deserve.

Unlock real business intelligence

The Zellis Intelligence Platform empowers you to improve how you use your data, helping you to analyse key workforce trends and make decisions which to lead to sustainable growth.

Create cost and time savings

Public sector organisations are often faced with limited resources, stretched budgets, and complex regulatory requirements. We focus on delivering operational efficiency through process optimisation, automation and strict compliance.

Managed Services for public sector organisations

If you’re looking to reduce the pressure on your internal resources and create measurable improvements in your processes, a managed payroll and HR service from Zellis may be for you.

Always on, expert operation

Our Managed Services model, which combines onshore and offshore delivery, offers resilience, continuity, and economies of scale to de-risk your payroll and HR operations.

A team you can trust

We have more than 700 staff across the UK, Ireland, and India, who work with our own technology to meet your bespoke business requirements – whatever they may be.

Commitment to customer success

We develop a close partnership with every customer. We take a structured approach focused on continuous improvement, strict governance, and measurable value.

Dedicated collaboration portal

Maintain control and visibility with our modern and secure customer collaboration portal. View the status of your payroll, check reports and make approvals in-real time.

Don’t just take our word for it

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Coventry City Council

"I have experienced first-hand how Zellis works collaboratively and in partnership with customers to develop a product that is truly leading-edge in terms of payroll functionality. It delivers a real return on investment for organisations, like Coventry City Council, that are looking to streamline their payroll operations."

Asraf Kassam Operations Delivery Manager
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University of Lincoln

“Our partnership with Zellis means we’re always moving forward and discovering new benefits for every single department and employee.”

Ian Hodson Head of Reward
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Monmouthshire County Council

“There is a strong synergy between our digital transformation plans and Zellis HCM Cloud – especially its focus on employee experiences, automation, and ease of integration with solutions we already use.”

Peter Davies Deputy Chief Executive

Talk to our public sector experts today

Want to learn more? Our public sector payroll and HR experts are always on hand to discuss your organisation’s challenges. Plus, they’ll share our customer success stories, help you arrange a payroll health check, and showcase the value in Zellis’ solutions.