Payroll Transfer Bureau
A simple file exchange based system allowing companies to exchange the mandated Real Time Information (RTI) with the HMRC. Simply deliver files through a supported web browser or SFTP/FTPS client for transmission to the HMRC. The service is capable of supporting Construction Industry Scheme returns (CIS) as well.
- Secure file distribution using AES 256 bit encryption and TLS
- Seamless integration with existing Payroll software
- Real-time reporting
- Assistance with reporting errors
- File audit history
- File encryption at rest
- Customisable file retention period
- HMRC X509 proof of delivery certificate
- IRmark calculation using the correct canonicalization
- Automatic HMRC employee compression when over 20,000 employees
- All data is transmitted securely using high-grade encryption techniques
- Designed to effortlessly compliment existing payroll software
- Prove your data is with the HMRC
- First-class support from our UK-based domain experts
- Identification of payroll ID(s) with error(s)
- Automatic compression support for high employee numbers
- Report Real Time Information (RTI) easily, quickly and securely
- Validation and exception management provide fast error resolution
£0.35 to £4.00 per person per year
- Education pricing available
Avco Systems Ltd
01753 213 700
|Software add-on or extension||No|
|Cloud deployment model||Public cloud|
|Service constraints||The service is subject to maintenance periods, notified in advance.|
|Email or online ticketing support||Email or online ticketing|
|Support response times||Support staff aim to respond to enquiries within an hour of receipt Monday to Friday 08:30 –18:00 (excluding public and bank holidays).|
|User can manage status and priority of support tickets||No|
|Phone support availability||9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday|
|Web chat support||No|
|Onsite support||Yes, at extra cost|
There is a single support level that is provided directly to the buyer.
This support provided is included in the price.
Direct support to the buyers customers (end users) is not available.
|Support available to third parties||No|
Onboarding and offboarding
|Getting started||We can provide an online walkthrough or you can use the provided service documentation to get started. Our friendly support staff can assist in customising your service if required and can coordinate any required data imports. Onsite training is available on request at an additional cost.|
|End-of-contract data extraction||When the agreement comes to an end we can provide the customer with an extract of their data from the system database, in the formats described below.|
|End-of-contract process||At the end of the agreement, the buyer’s service is decommissioned. Any data requested by the buyer is identified and sent using a secure method of transfer. Once the transfer process is complete, we will securely delete all data relating to the buyer. This is all included in the price of the agreement.|
Using the service
|Web browser interface||Yes|
|Application to install||No|
|Designed for use on mobile devices||No|
|Description of customisation||
Notification email addresses can be set, forms requiring delivery from the HMRC.
This is achieved via the users account.
|Independence of resources||QOS and resource limitations ensure that demands of other users do not cause a negative impact on others.|
|Service usage metrics||Yes|
Audit information, usage and metrics are available through the administration dashboard.
Further, customisable reports are available on request.
|Supplier type||Not a reseller|
|Staff security clearance||Other security clearance|
|Government security clearance||Up to Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS)|
|Knowledge of data storage and processing locations||Yes|
|Data storage and processing locations||United Kingdom|
|User control over data storage and processing locations||No|
|Datacentre security standards||Complies with a recognised standard (for example CSA CCM version 3.0)|
|Penetration testing frequency||At least once a year|
|Penetration testing approach||Another external penetration testing organisation|
|Protecting data at rest||
|Data sanitisation process||Yes|
|Data sanitisation type||
|Equipment disposal approach||Complying with a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v.30, CAS (Sanitisation) or ISO/IEC 27001|
Data importing and exporting
|Data export approach||
Automated extraction of the HMRC's notifications (P6, P9, etc) .
The user can request their data by raising a ticket with our support team who will handle the extraction and supply of previous notices still available at the HMRC.
|Data export formats||
|Other data export formats||
|Data import formats||
|Other data import formats||
|Data protection between buyer and supplier networks||
|Other protection between networks||Customers upload their payroll files to Avco Systems' FTPS/SFTP server or through Avco Systems' secure file transfer website.|
|Data protection within supplier network||TLS (version 1.2 or above)|
Availability and resilience
The service has an Availability Target of 99.9% annually.
This excludes scheduled maintenance activities, notified in advance.
|Approach to resilience||
The service is designed to use a number of modern techniques to maintain service availability.
Further details can be provided on request.
|Outage reporting||Email alerts are available.|
Identity and authentication
|User authentication needed||Yes|
|Other user authentication||Customers upload their payroll files to Avco Systems' FTPS/SFTP server or through Avco Systems' secure file transfer website.|
|Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels||Access restrictions are enforced by physical, procedural and technical constraints that are all audited as part of our ISO 27001 certification.|
|Access restriction testing frequency||At least every 6 months|
|Management access authentication||Username or password|
Audit information for users
|Access to user activity audit information||Users have access to real-time audit information|
|How long user audit data is stored for||At least 12 months|
|Access to supplier activity audit information||Users contact the support team to get audit information|
|How long supplier audit data is stored for||At least 12 months|
|How long system logs are stored for||At least 12 months|
Standards and certifications
|ISO/IEC 27001 certification||Yes|
|Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001||The SOCOTEC Group|
|ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date||13/01/2014|
|What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover||All services are covered by our ISO 27001 certification.|
|ISO 28000:2007 certification||No|
|CSA STAR certification||No|
|Other security certifications||No|
|Named board-level person responsible for service security||Yes|
|Security governance certified||Yes|
|Security governance standards||ISO/IEC 27001|
|Information security policies and processes||
Avco Systems are ISO27001:2013 and ISO9001:2015 certified. Critical to the quality of the company’s services is information security. The company is dedicated to safeguarding its information and that of its interested parties, to fulfil both its contractual obligations and the requirements of ISO 27001:2013.
Quality is central to Avco’s philosophy and permeates all areas of the company’s business, including its internal and external aspects and its dealings with interested parties. The company endeavours to satisfy or exceed expectations and is committed to a policy of continual improvement of its systems and working practices. It aims to ensure that service quality satisfies the specific contractual obligations of its customers, together with the standards of quality in ISO 9001:2015, including the adherence to statutory and regulatory requirements.
The company has combined its quality and information security management systems in an Integrated Management System (IMS), which is subject to internal and external audits. The framework for setting objectives and establishing an overall sense of direction and principles of action regarding the IMS is provided by Management Review meetings at planned intervals. In addition, there is an ISMS Forum, which meets to initiate and co-ordinate the implementation of information security within the organisation.
|Configuration and change management standard||Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402|
|Configuration and change management approach||All changes are conducted in accordance to our ISO27001:2013 Change Management policy which describes the process for raising, prioritising, planning and actioning change for both software change requests as well as infrastructure configuration and maintenance. Requests for software changes are tracked through to resolution using our issue management system. All code is developed using secure coding techniques and tested against common security vulnerabilities based on OWASP guidelines. To maintain high quality code, all software modifications must successfully pass peer review and employ a high degree of unit and integration tests.|
|Vulnerability management type||Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402|
|Vulnerability management approach||Avco Systems subscribes to server, network, operating system, application and antivirus vendor alerts to ensure notification of the latest vulnerabilities as soon as they are made public. All servers, network components, operating systems and applications are continuously monitored to ensure the latest security and vulnerability patches are applied within 30 days of release from a vendor. All security patches of ‘Critical’ importance are evaluated and deployed as a matter of urgency. All servers are scanned monthly to ensure they are running the latest antivirus engines and pattern files.|
|Protective monitoring type||Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402|
|Protective monitoring approach||Avco Systems delivers services using fully certified and secure ISO27001:2013 accredited data centres. The company has combined its quality and information security management systems in an Integrated Management System, which is subject to internal and external audits. Information Security Management System Forums are held bimonthly to review a variety of information security concerns including identification and prevention of risks and threats, physical and logical access rights, security training and awareness. Our Information Security Incident Management policy sets out formal reporting and escalation procedures to ensure a quick, effective and orderly response in the unlikely event of an information security incident.|
|Incident management type||Conforms to a recognised standard, for example, CSA CCM v3.0 or ISO/IEC 27035:2011 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402|
|Incident management approach||Avco Systems ISO27001:2013 certified Information Security Incident Management policy and Incident Response Plan defines responsibilities and procedures for discovery, escalation, investigation, notification and documentation of incidents. Users can report incidents to the dedicated support staff. Avco will work with the customer to ensure that: Vulnerabilities leading to the incident have been identified as far as possible and any agreed countermeasures are in place; Confirm that issues have been addressed and all customer services are restored; Hold an Incident Review meeting to assess the effectiveness of people, processes and tools during the incident; Provide findings on the Information Security Event/Weakness Report.|
|Approach to secure software development best practice||Independent review of processes (for example CESG CPA Build Standard, ISO/IEC 27034, ISO/IEC 27001 or CSA CCM v3.0)|
Public sector networks
|Connection to public sector networks||No|
|Price||£0.35 to £4.00 per person per year|
|Discount for educational organisations||Yes|
|Free trial available||Yes|
|Description of free trial||A free trial of the service is available on request.|
|Link to free trial||https://www.avcosystems.com/a/products/payroll#free-trial|