July 25, 2022

Payroll Giving Quality Marks 2022

We are delighted that UK employees have had another successful year supporting charities and worthy causes through regular, tax effective Payroll Giving.   

Employers receive a Payroll Giving Quality Mark (PGQM), a government-supported accreditation which recognises and rewards organisations of all sizes for making Payroll Giving available to their employees.

PGQMs are allocated by an employers contracted Pay AgentCharities Aid Foundation, Charitable Giving or Charities Trust.

There are six levels of Quality Mark – standard, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and introduced in 2017 / 2018, Diamond. Each level recognises a certain minimum employee participation rate. Holders of a Quality Mark will receive a certificate and a logo to use on company materials.

In 2022 we can share those 1,659 employers achieved the Bronze standard, 609 Silver standard, 357 Gold standard, 118 Platinum standard and an amazing 155 Diamond standard – the highest level and one which StC have maintained.

The criteria for achieving a Payroll Giving Quality Mark as agreed by the Association of Payroll Giving Organisations (AGPO) are:

Standard – any employee participation

Bronze – at least 1% of employees participating overall

Silver – at least 5% of employees participating overall

Gold – at least 10% of employees participating overall

Platinum – at least 20% of employees participating overall

Diamond – at least 30% of employees participating overall and fulfilled at least one of these criteria:

  • paid the Payroll Giving Agency admin fee on behalf of employees
  • match funded employee donations (in any form)
  • carried out an active promotion

If you don’t provide a Payroll Giving scheme  you can find out more information here . For advice and support to set up a scheme or to assist with promoting your existing schemes contact us.

You can always join one of our short Introduction to Payroll Giving scheme webinars to find out everything you need to know about the scheme and how to make your scheme a success. The next webinar is Thursday 15th September at 10am – great if you are new to payroll giving or you may want a refresher on this fantastic scheme – register your interest here.


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