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Neil Wild

Senior Consultant | Payroll Division

For more than 20 years I have been specialising on recruiting in the Payroll sector. During my time with a market-leading Payroll specialist, I've built numerous relationships with some of the largest businesses across Retail, Finance, Accountancy, Security and Hospitality.

My consultative approach means that I have become the go-to contact for many people when looking to recruit for their team or when looking for the next career move.

With an extensive network of contacts in the industry I joined the Pro-Recruitment Group to help develop the Payroll Division by offering a bespoke service to clients looking to recruit into the payroll team. The roles I will concentrate on include: Head of Payroll, Payroll Manager, Payroll Supervisor, Payroll Consultant, Payroll Analyst, Payroll Officer, Payroll Administrators, Implementation Consultant and Payroll Executives.

neil's latest roles

  • Payroll Administrator

    £23000.00 - £25000 per annum

    Payroll Administrator, Business Services, Sevenoaks - £23 - 25,000 Are you available to start work immediately and commit to a 12-month FTC? Do you have experience of processing high volume payrolls? Would y...

  • Head of Payroll - Bristol

    £45000 - £50000.00 per annum

    Payroll Manager, Bristol, FMCG - £45 - 50,000 Do you have experience of managing and mentoring a payroll team? Are you a resilient leader who can identify issues and proactively resolve them? Would you like ...

  • Deputy Payroll Manager

    £45000 - £48000 per annum

    Deputy Payroll Manager, North Essex, IT - £45 - 48,000 Do you have experience of running UK & International payroll? Are you looking for a challenging role with no commuting? Would you like to work in a fast...

  • Payroll Administrator

    Up to £23000.00 per annum

    Payroll Administrator, Business Services, Sevenoaks - £29,000 Are you available to start work immediately and commit to a 12-month FTC? Do you have experience of processing high volume payrolls? Would you li...

  • Payroll Manager

    Up to £35000.00 per annum

    Payroll Manager, Essex, Logistics - £35,000 Do you have experience of running payroll is a sole capacity? Are you available on little or no notice? Would you like to work in a fast paced and ambitious busine...

  • Payroll Administrator

    Up to £27000.00 per annum

    Payroll Administrator, Business Services, Watford - £27,000 Do you have experience of the Star or Iris payroll software? Do you have experience in a client facing role? Would you like to work for an establis...


What people say about Neil

Neil has successfully placed me in three different roles, all of which have gone on to be a success. Neil is a highly skilled recruitment professional.

I have been a client of Neil's for over 15 years, and have nothing but positives on him as a consultant.

I have always found Neil highly committed to his clients and extremely knowledgeable with regards to the Payroll recruitment arena.


Companies Neil has worked with

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TMF Group provides accounting, corporate secretarial, HR administrative and capital market support to companies of all sizes in 80+ countries.

Liberata is a leading supplier of services and software to public and private sector helping organisations across the UK deliver results.

Deloitte is the brand under which  approximately 330,000 dedicated professionals in independent firms throughout the world collaborate to provide audit and assurance, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax and related services to select clients


neil's articles


Important to be Adequate - The EU and UK Adopt an ‘Adequacy Agreement’

Posted by Neil Wild

Payroll professionals, especially global payrolls, rely heavily on the movement of personal and confidential data around the world. The free movement of data is something that has been under the spotlight since the United Kingdom left the European Union (EU).  No such free movement agreement could be reached during 2020, however, a temporary UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement included a provision allowing for the continued free flow of personal data to the UK from the EU, European Economic Area (EEA) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries.  This was effective 01 January 2021 and the UK, EEA and EFTA countries had to formally adopt an ‘adequacy agreement’ within six months.  Such an agreement deems the UK’s data protection regime to be adequate enough to meet their own standards. On 28 June 2021, a press release from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport announced that such an adequacy agreement had been reached.  Secretary of State for Digital Oliver Dowden said: After more than a year of constructive talks, it is right the European Union has formally recognised the UK’s high data protection standards. This will be welcome news to businesses, support continued cooperation between the UK and the EU and help law enforcement authorities keep people safe. We will now focus on unlocking the power of data to drive innovation and boost the economy while making sure we protect people’s safety and privacy. The EU published a similar press release on the same date which says that the EU will be ‘closely monitoring’ the UK’s data protection regime.  Indeed, the agreement contains a ‘sunset clause’ meaning that it expires after four years, at which time the UK’s data protection standards will be reviewed and the agreement may be renewed. This is good and long-awaited news for businesses and payroll professionals who can carry on freely exchanging data.  The adequacy agreement recognises that post-EU Exit, the UK’s data protection regime (the UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as contained in the Data Protection Act 2018) offers an equivalent level of protection to the EU’s GDPR.  Though, we do have to be aware that the agreement will be monitored and adequate in 2021 needs to be adequate going forward. This article is written by Ian Holloway, a highly respected payroll practitioner, writer, advisor and trainer at i-Realise. Ian has worked in the payroll profession for over 30 years.  He has developed exceptional 360-degree insight into payroll’s challenges and the impact of relevant legislation – having worked for both in-house payroll teams, software providers and as a payroll lecturer, writer and government advisor. ​ For more advice or a quick discussion on how I can help with your Payroll Recruitment needs, please contact me at or call 07793 077 421


Payroll and Reward Brunch - Recruit/Retain - 11am 24th June 2021

Posted by Neil Wild

Payroll is an essential part of any business operation, and a happy workforce generally performs better (and most of us do it for the money if we are honest). So, being paid correctly and on time is one of the factors of this. Yet, as we hopefully come to an end of the COVID restrictions and possibly furlough in the coming months, I have been speaking to a higher than usual volume of payroll professionals expressing they are feeling undervalued, over-worked and possibly worse, unappreciated.  Many of the business leaders and even Managers that I have spoken with or explored the topic with at payroll forums, all agree that the payroll teams have done an amazing job, however many of their staff are talking to people like myself and my colleague Ray Moore. These discussions include conversations about why they are unhappy, the options open to them and how we can help them find a new role.  I appreciate that not everyone can be saved from moving roles (and to be honest I am grateful for this, or else I would be out of work), however, are employers confident that their employees would turn to them first before applying for a job they see advertised?  Do they feel engaged, well paid, are there possibilities for personal and professional development? Now, this may be an unusual perspective from someone who makes their living from recruiting staff.  You must be thinking, ‘Surely, someone in recruitment should be advocating that people change their careers’.  But many may oversee the fact that I work very closely with a network of clients who seek my advice as a recruitment expert, therefore I am always keen to share my tips on retention if it is for the best interest of the client and candidate.  However, I’m often troubled by the fact that he is often approached by many long-standing clients who say ‘find me the usual. You know what I look for’. June 24th at 11 am I will be joining Ian Holloway and i-Realise for their monthly Payroll and Reward Brunch event to l explore this interesting perspective in more detail.  Payroll is and continues to be a career choice and there are opportunities for advancement in the profession. Whilst the seat at the boardroom table may be some way off for many, isn’t it the responsibility of employers and managers to want to retain their payroll staff and consider what their staff are feeling? Join the conversation and tune in on Zoom, register here For more advice or a quick discussion on how I can help with your Payroll Recruitment needs, please contact me at or call 07793 077 421