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Computerised payroll's Golden anniversary

25th Dec 2005
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Philip Whiteley celebrates the pioneers who built a payroll computer application from scratch, 50 years ago. It was a British first.

(This article first appeared in Payroll World)

Programmers with grey hairs often quip that their younger contemporaries are spoilt with excessive computer power. One told me: 'When I started, I built my own computers from a BBC kit with a limited amount of memory on magnetic tape. You get very disciplined about how much you use. That has stayed with me even to today.'

Imagine the task of the designers of the first ever computerized payroll. It was a little earlier than you might have thought. In February 1954, Lyons' Bakeries went live with...

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