IRIS Software Group (IRIS), one of the UK’s largest providers of payroll and HR software, has acquired Dataplan, a leading specialist in outsourced payroll, pension, and HR services.
Founded in 1969, Dataplan has expertise in complex payroll issues, particularly in education, healthcare, hospitality, retail, and charity. Payroll in education and the third sector is more complex than corporates due to specific pay scales, salary structures and pension filings. In education, more than 900 schools use its VERA solution to manage mission-critical tasks including payroll, HR, and pensions. Dataplan also works closely with healthcare, hospitality, retail and charity finance teams to reduce the risk of payroll inaccuracies and better manage costs to ensure efficiencies.
The move marks the next stage in IRIS’ mission to rapidly expand its payroll and HR offerings in its education and commercial portfolios, following the acquisitions of payroll companies APS Global and PayPlus, and school MIS specialist iSAMS, as part of its long-term ‘build, buy, partner’ strategy.
One in five UK employees is paid via IRIS payroll solutions and globally, IRIS processes six million payslips every month. More than 12,000 UK schools and academies use IRIS, with four million parents and guardians using IRIS apps to connect with their children’s school; 300 million messages are delivered between schools and parents each year, and more than £15 million worth of transactional payments are processed each month.