Zellis, the UK and Ireland’s leading provider of payroll and HR solutions, is pleased to announce Cognita  UK as a new customer for Zellis HCM Cloud, which will help to transform the organisation’s payroll operations in the UK.

Cognita is a global schools group, which has 40 schools and approximately 3,500 employees based in the UK.

Cognita’s UK team sought a modern, cloud based payroll solution that would enable effective payroll management and reporting across each of its schools and central teams, while improving cost control.  In particular, Cognita required a solution that could support its specific needs, which includes running payroll calculations and administering pension schemes for a mix of teaching and non-teaching roles.

Zellis HCM Cloud Payroll edition will enable Cognita to automate key aspects of its payroll operations to increase efficiencies within the existing processes, while also futureproofing the organisation against any potential challenges associated with new sector-specific regulatory requirements.

Crucially, Zellis’ payroll solution will also seamlessly integrate with Cognita’s existing HR software, providing a single source of data between these departments, as well as aligning closely with its cloud-first IT strategy and existing investment in Microsoft solutions such as Azure and Power BI. This will empower the payroll, finance, and HR teams to easily access important data for reporting and analytics, and improve the digital experience for employees.

“Cognita is one of the most ambitious and impressive school groups in the world, and we’re delighted that it has chosen Zellis to provide its payroll software solution in the UK as it continues to go from strength to strength,” said Tom Canning, Chief Commercial Officer at Zellis. “Cognita is an example of a business that has very specific payroll needs and therefore requires a very sophisticated, data-centric system to meet its goals.

“Zellis HCM Cloud will support Cognita to achieve a consistent level of performance and scalability which will help it not only improve operational efficiency, but also provide modern, digital employee experiences. We’re looking forward to working with the Cognita team in the UK to support their efforts in creating an inspiring world of education for their students.”

About Zellis

Zellis is the largest provider of payroll and HR software, and Managed Services, to UK and Ireland-based companies with over 1,000 employees. With over 50 years’ experience and over 2,500 employees, we count a third of the FTSE 100 as customers and pay over five million employees a year. We are also the people behind ResourceLink, now part of Zellis HCM Cloud, which won the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professional’s (CIPP) Payroll Software of the Year Award for 2020.


About Cognita

Launched in 2004, Cognita is an extraordinary family of diverse yet connected schools spanning 12 countries. Cognita schools share one common purpose: to create an inspiring world of education that builds self-belief and empowers individuals to succeed. With 85 schools in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia, Cognita employs over 7,500 teaching and support staff in the care and education of more than 55,000 students. Together, Cognita schools provide a uniquely global education that goes beyond grades to develop all-round academic excellence – equipping young people with the confidence and resourcefulness that prepares them to grow, thrive and find their success in a fast-changing world.   



Zellis HCM Cloud is available in two editions:

HCM edition: A full suite offering that meets all your payroll and HR needs, delivering everything from hire to retire via a single platform.

Payroll edition: Best-of-breed payroll built on the award-winning ResourceLink, working in harmony with your existing HR solution.

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