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ACCOUNTING: Softline VIP Keeps the Cameras Rolling

 





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Softline VIP’s Payroll solution has been a real asset to local production company Navigator Films during the busy summer season in the local film industry, says accountant Naomi Luyt.

Navigator Films is recognised globally as one of the foremost production service companies of Southern Africa. Established in 1998 and based in Cape Town, Navigator is a full service facilitator for commercials, documentaries, stills and corporate video as well as long-form projects.

“Our accounts reconciliation is based on the cost-plus-system with over 2000 crew members and suppliers to contend with, so a comprehensive and flexible payroll system is vital to what we do,” explains Luyt.

Previous to implementing the VIP Premier solution some 3 years ago, Navigator Films had the overwhelming task of operating their payroll system manually through Excel. “We operate in a very small industry and soon discovered that Softline VIP Payroll was the solution of choice with many of our competitors as it is flexible enough to handle more than your standard salary slip,” explains Luyt.

“We operate on a job-costing system written specifically for the film and farming industries. I am able to work in Excel and then import and export data in and out of VIP Payroll due to the large volume of data needed in the payroll reconciliations. Each entry includes not just the person’s name and job description, but job number, agency supplied by, any food, car or cell phone allowances and finally the tax deductions. It is much more detailed than a general salary slip,” explains Luyt.

During quiet times the company runs on skeleton staff with no formal HR personnel, but then needs to ramp up to handle between 1500-2000 crew and suppliers during the busy summer months in the industry, requiring an effective payroll solution in order to run smoothly.


 
 
 
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