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Startup encourages Malaysian SMEs to shift HR to the cloud with beefed-up 'free' service

AvantiKumar | June 8, 2016
Software developer Coastal Hectare is behind Kakitangan, which has added an online payroll solution to its secured cloud service.

Effon Khoo, founder of Kakitangan 

Effon Khoo, founder of Kakitangan.


Software developer Coastal Hectare's emerging online human resources (HR) platform Kakitangan is focusing on Malaysia's small and medium enterprise sector with the release of its latest module - a payroll system.

Kakitangan's founder Effon Khoo said an online payroll system will deliver improved efficiency for SMEs by automating the steps in payroll processing as well as storing payroll data securely on the Internet.

For businesses with between one and three employees, Kakitangan payroll is available for free, said Khoo.

"It is integrated with employee database that runs on HR platform - making managing payroll a much easier process. The payroll module on is accessible via any desktop web browser," he said.

Automated functions will handle the calculations of payments for Employees Provident Fund (EPF), Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) and the tax department, Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri (LHDN). In addition, the payroll system allows pro-rated deductions for unpaid leave to be automatically calculated, Khoo said.
Kakitangan's payroll system has also introduced electronic payslip distribution to reduce the administrative load taken by printing and distributing paper slips. Employees can use the system to access previous e-payslips, he added.

 Shifting to cloud

"We are very excited about the launch of payroll system, the latest module on our cloud-based platform," Khoo said. "Relying entirely on offline method of handling payroll can pose challenges to SMEs and this also includes use of spreadsheets that are not only cumbersome but they are also prone to error. So our team has developed an online payroll system that can streamline processes and is easy to use by SMEs doing business in any industry."

Local SMES can adopt a cloud-based service to streamline payroll processes and eschew the need for installing an expensive payroll software on desktop computers, he said, adding that the payroll system was the third module available on Kakitangan after Leave Application and Benefits modules that were released in February of 2015. Currently 2000 SMEs in Malaysia have signed up for the Kakitangan free HR platform.

"What we want to do is to save time for busy small business owners who are in charge of their own HR and payroll so they can focus on growing their business," Khoo said. "Meanwhile, for accountants and HR executives, they can improve efficiency through our platform. Our highly-talented team that comprises of an ex-Microsoft, ex-Zalora development lead team coupled with a 20-year veteran HR manager has made all these possible."

For businesses with four or more employees, Kakitangan payroll system is available on a monthly subscription basis plus a minimal monthly per-employee fee. The Leave application and Benefits modules are available for free.


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