Payroll Giving at 30

Rick Astley releases Never Gonna Give You Up, IKEA opens its first UK store and French and Saunders airs for the first time – 1987 was a pretty important year. It’s also the year Payroll Giving was introduced – and in the past thirty years, £2 billion has been raised for good causes! It’s time to celebrate!

We’re telling the stories of six individuals and what Payroll Giving means to them, from donors to charities. So pull up a chair, get a slice of cake, and join the party.

As Corporate Social Responsibility Lead for TalkTalk Group, Lauren lives and breathes all things charity, whether that’s the organisation’s official charity partnerships, fundraising, volunteering – or Payroll Giving.

“I see Payroll Giving as an opportunity for us as an organisation to support what matters most to our people. It’s really important for us to enable our employees to donate to a wide range of charities.”

“Payroll Giving is a unique way to show employees – and potential employees – why TalkTalk is a great place to work. It shows we’re thinking about what’s important to them. Plus it can really help you understand your workforce by gaining insight into who they give to.”

Read Lauren’s story

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is a world leader in global container shipping, supporting businesses to import and export their goods across the world. When it comes to Payroll Giving, MSC’s people are all about supporting local good causes, as HR & Payroll Manager for MSC UK Andrew Jones explains:

“Local giving really works well for us as our staff like to feel like they are giving something back into the community. Plus, we can work closely with them on volunteering and fundraising events.”

MSC UK offers a different Payroll Giving scheme to others, with employees donating into one main fund.

Read Andrew’s story

Taylor, a Delivery Resolutions Specialist at ASOS, has a very personal motivation behind his Payroll Giving.

“Two years ago I lost my mum to cancer. I saw the help she got from so many good causes and want to make sure others get the same. Without donations, I wouldn’t have had as much time with my mum as I did. That was possible because people before me gave to these charities, so now it’s my turn.”

At just 21 years old, Taylor currently gives to 14 different causes through his Payroll Giving, but is especially passionate about giving to children’s cancer causes.

Read Taylor’s story

The Silver Line is the UK’s only 24/7 helpline for vulnerable or isolated older people, established by Dame Esther Rantzen. And in just three years since its launch, the charity has taken over 1 million calls. Director of Fundraising Nina Gopal explains why, as a new charity, Payroll Giving is so important:

“As we’re new we want people to know about us, and the workplace can be a really great place to spread the word.

Payroll Giving gives us much needed funds to help plan for the future. It’s a really sustainable form of income and a real focus for us.”

Read Nina’s story

As CEO of residential property experts Chestertons, which has over 30 offices across London, Allan understands the importance of giving back to local communities:

“Some staff set up an employee-led charity committee – Chestertons Charity Champions – a few years ago and the main cause we support as a business is St.Mungo’s, as it helps people in difficult circumstances right across London.

However, our charity work really started years ago with Payroll Giving. It was the first part of our corporate social responsibility programme and I’m proud that over 20% of our staff now give this way and we are the only estate agency to be awarded a Platinum Award for Payroll Giving.”

Read Allan’s story

Gary has been working at Royal Mail for 35 years – and has been giving through Payroll for the past 25.

Through his role as Community Investment Manager, Gary promotes the company’s Payroll Giving scheme to staff, and believes organisations have a responsibility to the communities they serve:

“We’re a community-centric organisation – you could see us as a local company with national coverage. Our ethos is to support our people to support their local causes. Most of our people live locally so Payroll Giving really allows us to do that”

Read Gary’s story

If you’re inspired, find out more about how to get involved with Payroll Giving, whether you’re part of an organisation, or a charity: