Where to Find 2021 Payroll Dates and Resources by Country

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One of the most important roles a payroll professional has is making sure their employees get paid the right amount, on time, every time. Looking into the new year, have you marked your calendars for the key dates for 2021?

Whether your organization uses a weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly, or monthly payroll calendar, we’ve done the work for you. Below you will find the 2021 key dates for your country, as well as additional resources that you might like to reference throughout the year.

To make it even easier for you, click on your region to jump to its section:

🇬🇧 United Kingdom
🇺🇸 United States
🇨🇦 Canada
🇦🇺 Australia
🇭🇰 Hong Kong
🇲🇾 Malaysia
🇳🇿 New Zealand
🇵🇭 Philippines
🇸🇬 Singapore
🇦🇪 UAE
🌏 Global Payroll


🇬🇧 United Kingdom

The leading Payroll association in the United Kingdom is the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP). With nearly 10,000 members across the UK, CIPP is a one-stop-shop of resources – from online training to events. CIPP does a great job of providing help in different forms – depending on your personal preference. However, a lot of CIPP’s content requires a member log-in, so if you find yourself relying on them often, you might want to consider becoming a member if you aren’t already one.

CIPP has published a visually friendly and comprehensive 2021 Payroll Processing Calendar here. The calendar is easy to bookmark on your browser and – if you like to have this type of resource posted on your wall – it’s printable.

Some other notable resources for UK Payroll are:

  • The CIPP Payroll Need to Know Guide – This document (available both as an online and downloadable version) provides an indexed summary of the current tax year’s news with links to further information. Essentially, it’s an end-to-end guide to UK payroll legislation and reporting produced by the CIPP policy and research team. While the document itself is hefty, it’s indexed and categorized in date order for easy reference.
  • The CIPP Payroll Fact Card – At the start of each year, CIPP provides a Payroll Fact Card. The card is a quick access guide to useful tax facts and figures – from tax allowances, rates, pensions, and payments. Members receive a printed copy of the Fact Card to keep on their desks with their latest CIPP Professional in Payroll, Pensions, and Reward publication – but a digital version is accessible to all.


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🇺🇸 United States

The United States has two associations that are a go-to for Payroll professionals:

  • American Payroll Association (APA) – The APA is the US’s leading Payroll network, facilitating everything from education and certifications to newsletters and vendor resources. The association aspires to support payroll professionals’ skills through their extensive network and build a community of peers.
  • The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – SHRM is a global leader on workforce issues that has been widely adopted as a go-to resource in the US. With over 300,000 members, SHRM is a strong voice in the field and has ample payroll-related content.

The APA provides a clean and concise Payroll Compliance Calendar accessible as a web page or a downloadable file. This calendar provides you with every key date you will need in 2021 and descriptions for each one.

We also love to geek out on the SHRM How to Guides because of the quality and abundance of content. Some hot topics are listed at the top of the page, but if you scroll down a bit, you can search for a specific topic or use a drop-down filter to narrow down your search. There’s even an option for California how-to-guides – which is a lifesaver when it comes to navigating California’s particularly complex payroll laws.


🇨🇦 Canada

In Canada, the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) is the leader in payroll training and knowledge. The CPA provides resources, e-courses, and corporate learning for payroll professionals. With the mission of ensuring “payroll compliance through education and advocacy,” the CPA supports over 40,000 payroll practitioners.

However, when it comes to narrowing down key payroll dates, the Government of Canada website provides the right details. The 2021 Pay Calendar is an excellent primary source for marking paydays by month or for public holidays. The Important Payroll Dates page offers a higher level (but equally valuable) overview of tax-related payroll dates.

If you’re itching for some more resources on Canadian Payroll, here are some of the ones we liked:

  • The CPA’s Downloadable Payroll Guidelines – Offering best practice guidelines for all sorts of processes, these Payroll guides are an excellent resource to help you refine your payroll processes. Each guide also has a “test yourself” option to check your understanding. However, you do need to be a CPA member to access these guides.
  • The CPA Payroll Info Line – If you have a pressing payroll question and you are a member of the CPA, you can call their toll-free phone hotline and get your answers immediately.
  • Government of Canada Payroll Calculators – From deductions to EI premiums and more, the Government of Canada website has a landing page that’s a one-stop-shop for all the Payroll calculations you need to know.


🇦🇺 Australia

Australia has several organizations that provide excellent content and resources around Payroll:

  • Australia Payroll Association (APA) – With the goal of helping Australian payroll practitioners achieve best practice payroll, the Australian Payroll Association provides solutions and information through a variety of mediums such as podcasts, newsletters, and webinars.
  • Australian Payroll Institute – Specifically tailored for the Australian payroll market, the Australian Payroll Institute delivers all payroll qualifications and learning materials needed throughout a career as a payroll professional.

When it comes to marking the right payroll cut-off dates, the Australian Government Department of Finance put together a table summarizing Pay Days and Pay Cut-Off Dates. On the right side of their webpage, you can find public holidays and tax quick links.

If you’re looking for more content, here are some bonus Australian payroll resources:


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🇳🇿 New Zealand

The foremost payroll association in New Zealand is the New Zealand Payroll Practitioner’s Association (NZPPA). A national organization, the NZPPA offers beginner to advanced resources for payroll practitioners.

To find the key payroll dates for New Zealand, you can visit the government Key Dates and Public Holidays web pages. Together, these two should give you a clear picture of your 2021 payroll timeline.

Here are some additional resources we found helpful:

  • NZPPA’s Payroll Practice Guide – Each year, the NZPPA issues a downloadable guide covering absolutely everything you need to know about the new year’s tax codes, legislation, tables, checklists, and more. NZPPA members receive a free print copy of this publication, but non-members can download it online for a fee.
  • Employment New Zealand’s Payroll Resources Web Page – This web page is an end-to-end knowledgebase with everything payroll professionals need to stay up to date and compliant. It hosts many quick links to supporting documents and additional information.
  • Employment New Zealand’s Calculation Guide – Geared towards payments for holidays and leaves, this user-friendly web page hosts quick links to official calculations for different types of payments, period-to-period.


🇭🇰 Hong Kong

When it comes to Hong Kong, the best place to go for payroll resources is the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management (HKIHRM). The HKIHRM supports and advises all HR professionals in the region and includes payroll-specific content. The Global Payroll Association website also has an online training overviewing payroll in Hong Kong if you’re looking for supplemental information.

Hong Kong’s Labor Department has posted information on  2021 Holidays and some implications the dates will have on employees this year. This is a great page to reference as you plan your payroll schedule.

We’ve also gathered some extra resources that could prove useful this year in your region:


🇲🇾 Malaysia

The best resource for Malaysian payroll information is through the Global Payroll Association (GPA). The GPA has extensive coverage on changes in the Malaysian payroll market and offers Malaysia-specific online trainings. If you are looking for a member-based payroll organization, the Malaysia Institute of Human Resource Management (MIHRM) provides certification programs, networking events, and more.

When you’re ready to mark key payroll dates in your calendar, we recommend looking through the Government’s Salary Payment Schedule web page.

HR Asia is great resource to rely on when managing payroll in Malaysia, providing market updates and thought leadership content. And if you’re looking for a place to check information on individual tax matters, reliefs, and payments, you should head to the  Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia website.


🇵🇭 Philippines

The People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) promotes positive HR practices across the Philippines and is the region’s leading HR association. The PMAP is a great place to go for HR and payroll news and research – especially when it comes to legislation and policy updates.

To find all of the key payroll dates for 2021, you can review the government’s Regular and Special Holiday Declaration which will provide you with insight on any adjustments you may need to make to your payroll schedule this year.

For extra regional information, we recommend bookmarking the PMAP Announcements and Advisories web page. This page provides a summary of any policy changes that might affect HR management or payroll in the Philippines.


🇸🇬 Singapore

There are two driving HR organizations in Singapore:

  • The Singapore HR Institute (SHRI) – The SHRI is committed to supporting HR professionals across Singapore and globally. The SHRI’s Center for Creative Leadership publishes frequent research papers and member can benefit from additional resources and events.
  • HR Singapore – HR Singapore is Singapore’s first free forum for all things HR. Their strong community base is there to support one another through training courses, workshops, and more.

Singapore’s public holidays for 2021 can be found on the government’s Public Holidays Page with extra details on the Holiday Pay Entitlements for Employees page.

A great supplementary resource for Singapore public holidays and payroll entitlement is the government’s Employment Practices Landing Page which hosts a number of quick links for different employment rights and situation-specific payment schemes.

In accordance with the Employment Act, employer must pay your salary at least once a month and within 7 days after the end of the salary period. Details are available in the MOM website.

It is also important to note that the due date for CPF contributions is on the last day of the calendar month. Enforcement action may be taken against employers who fail to pay by the 14th of the following month (or the next working day if the 14th falls on a Saturday, Sunday or Public Holiday). This includes imposing late payment interest charged at 1.5% per month commencing from the first day after the due date.


🇦🇪 UAE

The top organization to refer to for UAE payroll is SHRM Middle East & North Africa. Like its North American counterpart, SHRM Middle East & North Africa has a strong voice in its region and hosts a number of events and development programs for both members and non-members.

The government provides the Official Public Holidays and Key Dates which are critical for planning your payroll processes. They also

Another excellent resource is the government’s web page on Salary and Wage Payments, which highlights and addresses frequent questions relevant to employer payroll processes.


🌏 Global Payroll

No matter the size of your company, it’s possible that you have global employees. When it comes to managing global payroll, the Global Payroll Association is there to help. Offering extensive country-specific payroll resources, the GPA has absolutely everything you need to make sure you are accurate, compliant, and transparent.

The Global Payroll Association’s training courses are especially helpful if you’re looking for an easy overview of very specific content. While the courses are done online, they each have an instructor so that you can engage and ask questions.


So, there you have it: everything you need to be prepared for this year’s payroll wherever you are in the world. And of course, stay tuned on the Rizing HCM blog to see what other information we share about payroll throughout the year – to make your life as easy as possible.


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