Key dates for payroll and recruitment activity

The HR Services and Compliance Team will be working until Friday 18 December. Please provide any employee changes, requests to recruit and direct appointments as soon as possible ahead of the extended winter break. Key deadlines are detailed below.

Payroll Deadline

8 December 2020 is the payroll deadline ahead of the break. Requests received after this date will be processed in January 2021. The deadline applies for any employee changes and for new starters.

Please remember that contract variations and direct appointments require all the necessary approvals, including the additional Business Critical approval, before we can process them.

We will need to receive acceptance forms from new starters prior to 8 December to ensure that their records are set up in time for them to be paid in December.


You are encouraged to submit your vacancy request forms as early as possible ahead of the extended Christmas break. To guarantee that your vacancy goes live before the break, please ensure it has gone through all necessary approval processes by 11 December 2020. Please remember that all recruitments currently require additional Business Critical approval.

If you would like to delay advertising until the new year, please add a note to the vacancy request form.

We recommend that vacancies do not have a closing date that falls between Friday 18 December and Thursday 7 January. As the HR offices will be closed for the extended Christmas break until 4 January, there will be no one available to respond to applicant queries or issues raised during that time. Keeping vacancies open to at least the 7th, will provide applicants with an opportunity to contact the HR Services Team with any queries.

The HR Services Team will continue to arrange interviews for the week commencing 14 December. In order for us to issue a contract of employment prior to the break we will need a completed offer of appointment form by 15 December 2020.


The hr-enquiries email and telephone will be monitored as usual until Friday 18 December 2020.