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What our clients say ...

Capita plc Financial, Insurance and Business Management Services  
P&Q client: Capita
Q>TAR has been in place for over twenty five years and has been used as our time recording system for monitoring staff attendance, sickness and holidays. The data captured has been instrumental in ensuring there has been sufficient oversight of the company's staff utilisation across its operation.
During this time, there have been minimal issues with the software in terms of reliability and ease of data access. The hardware, as it has aged, has shown an expected level of reliability, with any fix on fail requirements dealt with efficiently under the annual maintenance agreement.
All in all, the use of Q>TAR has continuously satisfied the needs of the company, and the service provided by P & Q International has been very satisfactory.”
(Tim Sill of Capita plc)

Cadbury (Ireland) (Manufacturer of Confectionery products)  
P&Q client: Cadbury Ireland
“We employ approximately 1400 employees between two plants in Ireland. We have been using QTAR since 1987 and operate it in both these plants. Our shift patterns are very variable. The staff at P&Q are always very helpful.”
(Catherine Murphy of Cadbury (Ireland))

Monarch Aircraft Engineering (Aircraft servicing & repairs) 
P&Q client: Monarch Aircraft Engineering
“We installed QTAR in 1991. It revolutionised our whole system of doing the payroll. QTAR is reliable and flexible and P&Q are always ready to help, they respond very fast.”
(Pat Thomas of Monarch Aircraft Engineering Ltd)

Goodyear Dunlop (world's largest tyre manufacturer)    
P&Q client: Goodyear Dunlop
“At the Wolverhampton site, the rules for calculating employees' gross pay are incredibly complicated, depending on a multitude of factors such as the type of work, when they are working compared with their normal shift, the reason for the overtime or shift swap and even how dirty the work is! So QTAR has to be used to calculate the gross pay for each period of work. The supervisors approve and record reasons for overtime, shift swaps and absences during the shift, directly into the system, which has streamlined the process enormously.”
(Audrey Woolvin of Goodyear Dunlop)

Caparo Precision Tubes (Manufacturer of Steel tubing)       
P&Q client: Caparo Precision Tubes
“We first installed QTAR in 1991. We have found QTAR extremely flexible - it can do anything you require of it. Day-to-day operations are simple. It rarely goes wrong or gives us trouble. The Support team is well-informed and comprehensive. P & Q have kept their focus squarely on T & A - they simply have to be good at it.”
(Bob Sharratt of Caparo Tubing)

Crown Cork and Seal (International packaging company)    
P&Q client: Crown Cork and Seal
“We've had QTAR installed for quite a few years, and we find it to be a good program. P&Q are very friendly and helpful. If I have a problem or question they are always ready to assist me.”
(Christine Wathan of Crown Cork and Seal)

Unisys Insurance Services (Administering Life Insurance schemes)    
P&Q client: Unisys Insurance Services
“We have been using QTAR since 1991. We have a flexitime system with complex flexible working time requirements. It is largely self-administered (within the rules configured into the system) by the 1,500 employees. A competing system was installed and then rejected, since it was unable to cope with our requirements.”
(Julie Coldridge of Abbey Life)

TMD Friction (Manufacturer of Brake friction components)    
P&Q client: TMD Friction
“Our shift patterns are complex – 5-day, 7-day, morning, afternoon, nights and rotating, and we also have people on fixed salaries. QTAR handles these fine. When we upgraded QTAR just before Christmas, that went very smoothly.”
(P. A. Rothwell of TMD Friction)

Kraft Suchard (Manufacturer of Chocolate and confectionery) 
P&Q client: Kraft Suchard
“We have a workforce of about 850 and have used QTAR since 1992 to keep track of shift work, contractor hours and salaried personnel for payroll. We also rely on QTAR in our costing processes, to authorise overtime, book employee holidays, report excessive unauthorised absences, etc.”
(Martin Buckle of Kraft Suchard)

LEONI Wiring Systems (Manufacturer of Lucas brand electronic vehicle parts)    
P&Q client: LEONI Wiring Systems
“We originally purchased QTAR in 1990 purely for payroll management, with up to 3000 individuals on the system. We found that using the system was simple, with a lot of standard reports included. But when we realised how QTAR could be expanded, we had extra ones written for reporting things like absenteeism in different ways that suited our requirements better. P&Q staff give good support and are easy to talk to, even if you aren't very familiar with computers.”
(Stella Pepper of LEONI)

British American Tobacco (Tobacco manufacturer)    
P&Q client: British American Tobacco
“The QTAR system has been in our factory since 1986 and has been very stable with few issues. P&Q support has been reliable and efficient. The application has outlived a number of HR system transitions, and migration of interfaces has not been problematic. A number of custom modules have been designed to meet our special needs, including absence and overtime reporting.”
(Hans Commandeur at BAT)

MBM Produce (Foodstuffs)    
P&Q client: MBM Produce
“We have been using the QTAR system about 16 years. It works well. It's hard to make set rules about this kind of factory. Work patterns change often. People work very variable hours. Sometimes they make time up when they need to come in late. I find it easy to go into the system and override it. We upgraded a few years ago, and we found P&Q very helpful. They are happy to talk me through any problems I may come across.”
(Jenny Hawkins of MBM Produce:)

Dunlop Oil & Marine (Manufacturer of Industrial hosing) 
P&Q client: Dunlop Oil & Marine “Dunlop Oil & Marine has been using QTAR since 1984. We have had no trouble with the system in all that time. Because P&Q concentrate on T&A, the system works perfectly.”
(Sue Thomas of Dunlop Oil & Marine)

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QTAR Flexitime Management and Flexible Working

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Flexitime Management and
Flexible Working

Versatile flexitime systems that save you money

Improve morale and attract the best employees by choosing a reliable, measurable flexitime management system from QTAR.

Employers that offer flexible working report improvements in productivity and job satisfaction and a reduction in absenteeism, stress and staff retention. Implementing a pro-active solution like QTAR allows your company to introduce and take advantage of the full benefits of flexible working.

A Complete Solution

Using robust and reliable badge readers, the QTAR Flexitime Management System eliminates the need for manual records and calculations. Keeping complete control of hours worked across the whole of your business, the system provides comprehensive management reports whenever you need them and allows data to be automatically transferred to your personnel and payroll systems, giving you a seamless and hassle-free service, including:

  • Rotating Shifts
  • Continental Shifts
  • Fixed Shifts
  • Variable Shifts
  • Flexible Shifts
  • Alternative Shifts
  • Shift swapping
  • Part-time working
  • Job Sharing
  • Annualised Hours Management

Your System, Your Rules

The QTAR automated flexitime system makes the best possible use of your time. By reporting only the exceptions to your rules, rather than every individual clocking process, you can immediately see the most important information: who is not working according to the rules that apply to them. Reporting is set up to match your own systems – so managers can receive a daily, weekly or monthly email.

The system records employees' clocking details using rules specified by your company. For example, you decide the core hours and the standard hours for each group of employees, allowing the system to reflect your business requirements. The system checks that the employee is present during the core hours, and records the amount of time worked relative to the standard hours so you, and the employee, can see the amount of flexitime that has built up, or has been used. Current balances can be displayed for the employee at the clocking point, at a kiosk or at their own computer.

Built-in Flexibility

Adjustments can be made to the QTAR Flexitime Management System both manually and automatically, allowing you to adjust the system for illness, holiday or business trips, for example. Maximum and minimum flexitime balances and many other types of rule can be specified. Separate sets of rules can be applied for specific circumstances – daily, weekly or monthly rules, for example, or for particular groups of employees. This gives you complete control over a variety of flexible working time management issues.

Adaptable for all Workforce Management

The QTAR flexitime software can handle a mix of hourly paid and flexitime staff, and can automatically process hourly paid employees who build up banked time and take time-in-lieu instead of being paid overtime. Subject to limits that you set, you can allow employees to swap between overtime and flexitime, even after the event.

From a stand-alone software solution to a full flexitime management system, including all the hardware you need, the QTAR system meets your needs exactly. Call us on 0845 1300 707 (or +44 1920 822 800), or fill in the box on the left (then click "Send"), or click here to email a P&Q Advisor, to find out more.

Flexible solutions for flexible working