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Baker Tilly invests in HR IT programme

TOP TEN FIRM Baker Tilly has invested in OpenHR from Advanced Business Solutions as it seeks to efficiently store, update and access HR information relating to its 3,500 staff and report on key metrics.

Following its merger with RSM Tenon in September 2013 Baker Tilly is now the seventh-largest accountancy firm in the UK, with staff working across 35 UK offices and annual revenues of around £246m according to the most recent Accountancy Age Top 50+50 figures.

The company initially implemented OpenHR from Advanced in 2010 to replace its previous restrictive HR system and save costs by reducing its reliance on external IT consultants.

The system is used by 87 HR employees to maintain more than 10,000 records ranging from basic staff contact details through to holidays, salaries, performance appraisals and benefits such as pensions and healthcare.

Baker Tilly national HR manager Lisa Clare said: “The merger saw us effectively double our staff numbers. In order to maximise efficiencies, we needed to be able to quickly access all records relating to our existing and new employees from one, central HR system.

“We needed to decide between OpenHR and Tenon’s HR solution. After reviewing both systems we concluded that OpenHR’s greater flexibility and integration capabilities was best suited to support the business’s evolving requirements. Our longstanding relationship with Advanced was also key and the data migration process went very smoothly.”

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