Sky Chefs adopts fingerprint tool

Airline catering company LSG Sky Chefs is to install a biometric fingerprint-based timekeeping and attendance system for use at five major airports in the UK.

Airline catering company LSG Sky Chefs is to install a biometric fingerprint-based timekeeping and attendance system for use at five major airports in the UK.

The company hopes the system will speed up the payroll process and monitor working hours in line with the EU Working Time Directive.

LSG plans to roll out the Kronos Workforce Central 5 system by the end of December to manage staff attendance and overtime. 

The caterer will deploy the system across 1,800 employees at  Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stanstead and East Midlands airports.

The system will use Kronos Touch ID Biometric Terminals to verify the user's identity by recording and retaining a fingerprint scan.

Matt Sharpe, business IT executive at LSG Sky Chefs, said, "The system fully supports our new pay rules. Our staff will have a faster, user-friendly system to work with and our payroll team receives their interface files sooner than with the previous system, giving them more time to process payroll."

He added the company had a programme in place to redefine its pay structure, which required a complete overhaul of its existing time and attendance system. The move to Kronos is timed to coincide with this.

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