Case Study

Cambridge Assessment Case Study

The business:

Established over 150 years ago, Cambridge Assessment operates and manages the University's three exam boards and carries out leading-edge academic and operational research on assessment in education.

The challenges:

Prior to engaging activpayroll, Cambridge Assessment utilised individual payroll providers for each of their 20+ countries of operation, with each location responsible for their own processes and controls in relation to payroll. This disparate approach accentuated the specific elements of each location, ultimately resulting in differing levels of quality and consistency from each country back to Cambridge Assessment’s head office. The inconsistencies forced the Cambridge Assessment Payroll team to work with ineffective and largely manual processes, leaving them little time to focus on their employees and business priorities.

Our solutions:

For over six years now, Cambridge Assessment have been using activpayroll for their Global Payroll, Global Disbursements and Global Mobility needs. The services are underpinned by activpayroll’s Software as a Service (SaaS) platform, activ8, and our extensive payroll and tax online library, Global Insights. These tools have provided Cambridge Assessment with oversight of their payroll processes, consistent reporting and an understanding of the intricacies involved in each country’s payroll legislation and upcoming changes.


Working with activpayroll has put Cambridge Assessment in control of their payrolls and created what feels like a joint Global Payroll department, able to support employees, regional managers, directors and the business as a whole. activpayroll provide global payroll knowledge and expertise in all countries Cambridge Assessment operates in, assuring them of compliant, efficient payroll delivery.

Engaging activpayroll enabled us to become an actual Global Payroll Department. We always felt we could ask questions up-front and then add value to the business with the given answers. Ultimately, activpayroll have made us more efficient, streamlined and provided us with the resources we need in each country. Their model is the way to go overseas and on a global scale.

Global Payroll Controller Cambridge Assessment