Written by Ed Bergdahl
Published on April 1, 2019

Ed has been with Dataplan for just 18 months but in that time has made a big impression and contribution. Ed is a Payroll Professional in our busy Education Team.

How has Dataplan changed since you joined?

Despite having joined Dataplan only 18 months ago, I have noticed that there have been many changes in the world of payroll; Dataplan have endeavoured to stay out ahead of the game. GDPR is just one example of this, the announcement of it prompting the business to get prepared and achieve compliance well before the deadline to ensure we were prepared.

What’s the best thing about working in payroll?

The best thing about working here, would definitely have to be the team I work with. We help each other out when needed and ensure that deadlines are met as expected. What’s more; they’re all great people and make coming into work a pleasure.

And the worst?

Without giving anything much away, it can sometimes be difficult not to be envious of some of the salaries we see!

If you could have anyone on your payroll, whom would it be?

Satoshi Nakamoto (the name used by the unknown person or people who developed bitcoin). I’d be very interested to see how they would request payment for their services!

What do you think payroll will be like in 50 years’ time?

ed quoteWith ever more impressive leaps forward in the world of technology and software, I think it very likely that the vast majority of the work that I (as a processor) do will become automated. I think there would be scope for more of a ‘consultant’ role so that if queries are raised there will still be someone who can help resolve any issues.

A (perhaps) more contentious prediction: we’ll be paying people, and being paid, with some form of cryptocurrency.

What is your worst food?

My team manager is very fond of a particular brand of breakfast bar. I don’t know what it is about them but they make my stomach turn! I get my revenge by bringing the occasional banana into work, which I know they are not too keen on the idea of. It’s all good fun.

What do you think of HMRC?

I’ve only ever found them to be helpful, courteous and professional, both in my professional and personal life.

Who or what makes you laugh?

My team!

Your most used phrase?

Swings and roundabouts.


What is your biggest work challenge?

Keeping up with demand. When there’s less working days in a month than you have payrolls to process, meeting deadlines can get a bit tight. After meeting these deadlines we then need to rally together and prepare for the next pay cycle and meet those deadlines again.