New website includes names of firms that offer payroll giving

Set up by Payroll Giving in Action, the site coincides with the 30th anniversary of payroll giving in the UK

A fundraising company has created a new internet search facility that allows staff to see if their employer offers payroll giving.

The launch of coincides with this month’s 30th anniversary of payroll giving in the UK. The site currently includes details for about 3,000 companies.

Jeremy Colwill, director at Payroll Giving in Action, which set up the site, said the target was to include all UK employers with 50 or more staff.

Payroll giving currently generates £130m a year. Colwill said his company’s goal was to see the sum increase to £200m within five years, and he hoped the new search facility would contribute to this.

He said the site was not intended to shame companies into setting up schemes, but it could increase pressure on them if staff became more aware it wasn’t available.

"As a next step, we would like charities to have this search facility as a plug-in to their website too," said Colwill. "A lot of people have been saying there should be a centralised database of employers that offer payroll giving."

Ceri Edwards, director of policy and communications at the Institute of Fundraising, said: "We hope this new service will make it easier to set up schemes, as well as raise awareness of payroll giving."

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