Payroll Software Comparison

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Pension Provider
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Payroll
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95% Aviva (Company Pension) Legal and General Worksave Pension Plan NEST NOW: Pensions People's Pension Smart Pension

About Paycircle

Paycircle is a cloud based payroll platform which allows total collaboration for everyone involved in a company's payroll process. Whether it’s an SME owner who wants to run their own payroll or an accountant, bookkeeper or payroll bureau running many payrolls each month, Paycircle makes everything simpler, faster and more accurate.
Its super friendly interface enables anyone to use it, even people without any payroll experience whatsoever. All of the complexity is ‘under the bonet’. However, simplicity does not mean lack of functionality. Paycircle can cope with both simple and complex situations without over-complicating or confusing any user.
Paycircle comes with completely automated pension auto-enrolment functionality, which includes team assessment and communication updates every time payroll is run. Employees even have their own portal to manage their pay and pensions online – as well as access to unlimited support from the Paycircle team, who are on hand to answer any questions they may have relating to their pay, tax and pensions.

Paycircle is a totally new approach to managing payroll and pensions – making payday hassle-free and human again.

For more information please visit the Paycircle website

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Cloud
Essential Features
In this section we rate the features of payroll software which we consider to be essential to run a company payroll and helpful to a Payroll Bureau.
Statutory calculations
Supports all Statutory Sick Pay, Statutory Parental Leave, Student Loan deductions and table based Court Orders. Can process SER deductions.
Payslip methods
Published to employees individual portals, available to employers on line, can also be printed and downloaded to PDF.
Reporting ability
User defined reports and a wide range of reports available for bureau clients.
Ability to calculate holiday pay
Can calculate holiday pay.
Pro-rata calculations
Has the ability to pro rata calculations.
Bureau functionality
Paycircle enables bureaus to work collaboratively with their clients, which makes payroll processing faster and more accurate. Everyone is looking at the same data, real-time and there is no longer a necessity for information to be relayed back and forth over email or telephone. Clients can access the system directly and get involved in more of the process, as much as they feel comfortable doing. Payroll bureaus find Paycircle reduces the number of ‘last-minute’ changes or adjustments to subsequent payrolls due to forgotten information and missed deadlines. Paycircle offers transparency and clarity throughout the payroll process. Paycircle also offers unlimited support for everyone, including employees.
Price
£1 per payslip per month.
User Experience
Paycircle’s user experience is its USP. We have worked really hard to make the user interface simple, intuitive and uncluttered and as friendly and fun as possible. Paycircle has been developed by people who are as passionate about a users experience as we are about the technical aspects of payroll and pension compliance. We have built a user interface that anyone can use – even setting up a payroll from scratch. We wanted to set ourselves apart from all of the other payroll software products on the market and build something that is easy, cheap and accessible to everyone.
AE Features
In this section we look at how many pension providers the payroll software directly integrates into (via API) and the strength, breadth and cost of all automatic enrolment features on offer.
Pension scheme automation
Has data automation
AE Tools
Assessment (initial and ongoing)

Free team assessment reports during set up

Staff communications for all employees

Portal for employees allowing direct opt-in, payment holidays (where available) and instructions for opting out, as well as a contributions log with their pay data.

Unlimited support to ask our team questions (instant chat) We have a standard CSV export available for others but it’s not tailored for a particular pension.

We have tailored CSV exports for NEST and NOW Pensions but they are not accessible via the interface
Price
AE included at no extra costs.
90% Aviva (Company Pension) Legal and General Worksave Pension Plan NEST NOW: Pensions People's Pension Smart Pension

About Accentra Primo Payroll

Primo Payroll brings a breath of fresh air to the Bureau Payroll processing with its unique multi company processing interface. Bureau users can now track, view and complete all critical payroll tasks from a single screen. Employee’s data can be searched and accessed globally and P6/P9 Tax code and Student Loan notifications can be downloaded across all clients with a single click. No more missing deadlines or tasks to remember.
When it comes to Auto Enrolment, Primo Payroll stands out in the crowd with its fully automatic integrated solution. It retrieves the staging dates automatically, tracks the employers that are due to sign-up and with a single click completes the sign-up process for several employers. Once signed-up, everything else is taken care automatically. No one has to even click a button as all data synchronization happens in the background while you do your routine payroll processing. No compliance risks, penalties, or any of those exasperating admin tasks.

For more information please visit the Accentra Primo Payroll website

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Cloud or Desktop Cloud
Cloud
Essential Features
In this section we rate the features of payroll software which we consider to be essential to run a company payroll and helpful to a Payroll Bureau.
Statutory calculations
Supports all Statutory Sick Pay, Statutory Parental Leave, Student Loan deductions and table based Court Orders. Can process SER deductions.
Payslip methods
Print. export to PDF, export to Excel, Bulk email, employee portal.
Reporting ability
Standard reporting is available.
Ability to calculate holiday pay
Holiday Pay calculations are supported
Pro-rata calculations
Pro rata calculations are available for joiners and leavers
Bureau functionality
Global notification panel that issues alerts, lists actionable items, then allows bureau user to complete actions across the entire client list. Global RTI returns from a single screen. Global P6/P9 download. Multi company payroll processing. Global employee list across clients with the ability to drill down to payslips. Unique fully automated multi company AE compliance module that leaves nothing to remember for the bureau user. In-built Client Email communication system
Price
Price per payslip varies from 0.60p and £1.20 per month based on edition (Employer or Bureau edition), regardless of the pay frequency.
User Experience
Entire payroll processing starting from new starter to RTI done using just two self-explanatory screens. Unique Payslip style period input screen, Unique Payslip style period input screen.
AE Features
In this section we look at how many pension providers the payroll software directly integrates into (via API) and the strength, breadth and cost of all automatic enrolment features on offer.
Pension scheme automation
Has data automation
AE Tools
Assessment, Communications, pension calculations, export file formats for providers.
Price
AE features are available at no extra cost
89% Aviva (Company Pension) NEST People's Pension

About Xero

Combine smart payroll software with your online accounting

For more information please visit the Xero website

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Cloud or Desktop Cloud
Cloud
Essential Features
In this section we rate the features of payroll software which we consider to be essential to run a company payroll and helpful to a Payroll Bureau.
Statutory calculations
Supports all Statutory Sick Pay, Statutory Parental Leave, Student Loan deductions and table based Court Orders. Can process SER deductions.
Payslip methods
All payslip methods are available.
Reporting ability
Detailed payroll reports.
Ability to calculate holiday pay
Manages employee leave.
Pro-rata calculations
Supports the calculation of pro-rata adjustments.
Bureau functionality
Ability for your clients to access the payroll - you control the level of access they have.
Price
£5/mo for up to 5 employees, ?then £1/mo for each additional person, to a max of 200. Xero payroll cannot be used independantly from their accounting software, which must be purchased separately.
User Experience
Rather powerfully, the XERO innovation allows the real-time communication to HMRC, with submissions automatically handled with each PAYROLL, along with PAYE, NI contributions and student loan. The latest XERO offering even allows small business owners and employees to schedule time off and view payment information from any device ‘in the cloud’ at any time 24-7.
AE Features
In this section we look at how many pension providers the payroll software directly integrates into (via API) and the strength, breadth and cost of all automatic enrolment features on offer.
Pension scheme automation
Has data automation
AE Tools
Assessment, Communications, pension calculations, export file formats for providers.
Price
AE features are available at no extra cost
88% Aviva (Company Pension) Legal and General Worksave Pension Plan NEST NOW: Pensions People's Pension Smart Pension

About Qtac payroll

All Qtac Software can be used to help calculate and manage your Auto Enrolment obligations. Qtac Manager, Bureau and Specialist products include their innovative AE Control Centre functionality designed specifically to manage the process for you with minimal user input.
Qtac's Bureau & Specialist range of software products have been specifically designed for accountancy firms and payroll bureaux that manage a number of client payrolls.
With features that include:

  • Multi company payroll management software
  • Full Auto Enrolment suite of features
  • Timesheet and employee update imports
  • Holiday accrual and CIS Retention
  • Assign employees to multiple cost centres
  • Advanced payroll management software for high volume processing
  • HMRC Recognised for Real Time Information
  • Pay all companies in one click
  • Bulk print reports across all companies
  • Run umbrella payroll schemes
  • Import timesheet, company and employee data

For more information please visit the Qtac payroll website

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Cloud or Desktop Desktop
Desktop
Essential Features
In this section we rate the features of payroll software which we consider to be essential to run a company payroll and helpful to a Payroll Bureau.
Statutory calculations
Supports all Statutory Sick Pay, Statutory Parental Leave, Student Loan deductions and table based Court Orders. Can process SER deductions.
Payslip methods
Qtac supports the following payslip formats:
  • Print
  • PDF
  • Email
  • Publish to an Employer portal
Reporting ability
User defined reporting and supports a wide range of reports which can help bureau manage their processes.
Ability to calculate holiday pay
Both Holiday pay and Holiday accrual
Pro-rata calculations
Can calculate pro-rata calculations for starters, leavers and part time staff.
Bureau functionality
Multi Company multi period processing.
Global/automated reporting and Global RTI.
Qtac's Auto Enrolment Control Centre allows you to visualise and action everything AE in 1 place with Individual/Selected or all company processing functions, such as;
  • Get Staging dates
  • Send submissions - pensionsync
  • Retrieve Opt outs - pensionsync
  • Email/Print Letters
Price
Qtac price in employee bands over multiple companies. For example 10 companies with 5 employees in each requires a 50 employee licence.
User Experience
Qtac software runs from a single database allowing you to select companies from a section and process with a click of a button – great function for director only companies.
AE Features
In this section we look at how many pension providers the payroll software directly integrates into (via API) and the strength, breadth and cost of all automatic enrolment features on offer.
Pension scheme automation
Has data automation
AE Tools
Assessment, Communications, pension calculations, export file formats for providers, Assessment Staff communications for all employees.

Qtac has a Pension Definition File creator tool which allows us to define any Pension provider's csv requirements as long as the data required is in payroll.
Price
AE Features cost 15-20% extra depending on employer size.
77% NEST

About Payroll Manager

Payroll Manager is a comprehensive, easy to use, HMRC 2016-17 PAYE Recognised RTI compliant payroll software package used by thousands of SMEs, agents, accountants and CIS Contractors across the UK. In the first 6 months of tax year 2015-16 more than 1.5 million RTI submissions were successfully filed through our software. Read our Payroll Software Reviews to see what our current users are saying about Payroll Manager.

For more information please visit the Payroll Manager website

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Desktop
Essential Features
In this section we rate the features of payroll software which we consider to be essential to run a company payroll and helpful to a Payroll Bureau.
Statutory calculations
Supports all Statutory Sick Pay, Statutory Parental Leave, Student Loan deductions and table based Court Orders. Can process SER deductions.
Payslip methods
Several payslip designs & colour schemes, prints into plain paper, 1 2 or 3 per page. Company logo can be added. Can print direct to payslip stationery. Can print historically. Can be sent via email. Can print holidays remaining onto payslips, and notes.
Reporting ability
Any report can be exported as a PDF for e-mailing. Employer summaries for each period. Annual summary, departmental reports, Pension summaries and account reconciliations.
Ability to calculate holiday pay
Employee holiday fund, UK National holidays, works holidays, remaining holiday entitlement calculator, user defined annual leave period.
Pro-rata calculations
Supports the calculation of pro-rata adjustments
Bureau functionality
Records Agent details, Agent internet filing, Can be started midway through the tax year; agent charges; agent invoicing; agent contract; Payslip count; pay schedule; new employee form; new contractor form.
Price
Payroll Manager 20 (only for use on a single company) costs £60+VAT per year. Payroll Manager 100 (unlimited companies, who each have less then 100 employees) £120+VAT, Payroll Manager 250 (unlimited companies, who each have less than 250 employees) £180+VAT
User Experience
Money Manager allows you to keep an up to date total of how your money is going. Support are very helpful, even with limited computer knowledge, they can talk you through everything and make it easy to understand.
AE Features
In this section we look at how many pension providers the payroll software directly integrates into (via API) and the strength, breadth and cost of all automatic enrolment features on offer.
Pension scheme automation
Has data automation
AE Tools
Assessment, Communications, pension calculations, export file formats for providers.
Price
There is no cost to the AE Module.
77% NEST

About Sage One Payroll

HMRC-recognised online payroll software for micro and small businesses looking to manage 1-25 employees and stay up-to-date with legislation. Buy now and get 50% off your subscription for the first 3 months.

For more information please visit the Sage One Payroll website

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Cloud or Desktop Cloud
Cloud
Essential Features
In this section we rate the features of payroll software which we consider to be essential to run a company payroll and helpful to a Payroll Bureau.
Statutory calculations
Supports all Statutory Sick Pay, Statutory Parental Leave, Student Loan deductions and table based Court Orders. Can process SER deductions.
Payslip methods
Sage Online Payslips seamlessly integrates with Sage 50 Payroll software, providing an online portal to deliver payslips to your employees. Sage also supports printed payslips and is able to email as PDF document.
Reporting ability
Comprehensive reporting is available, you can write your own reports and export into excel and PDF formats.
Ability to calculate holiday pay
Sage One can process holiday pay calculations.
Pro-rata calculations
Sage can automatically process pro rata calculations for starters and leavers
Bureau functionality
Accountants have access to the Partner Edition that enables them to run Payroll for multiple clients.
Price
£2.50/month for 5 employees

£5/month 10 employees

£7.50/month for 15 Employees

£25/month for 25 Employees
User Experience
Sage One is extremely basic and fairly straight forward to use. The software is a no frills solution and is stripped down to bare bones. For instance, there are no nominal codes and no transactions list (audit trail) etc. The terminology is also very user friendly so that non-professionals and users without bookkeeping experience can understand it better.
AE Features
In this section we look at how many pension providers the payroll software directly integrates into (via API) and the strength, breadth and cost of all automatic enrolment features on offer.
Pension scheme automation
Has data automation
AE Tools
Assessment, Communications, pension calculations, export file formats for providers.
Price
AE features are available at no extra cost.
74% Legal and General Worksave Pension Plan NEST Smart Pension

About MyPAYE

MyPAYE strive to keep the product intuitive yet simple and support efficient and timely. MyPAYE now boasts many thousands of small to medium businesses and many thousands of people being paid through the system. Since 2009 MyPAYE have been very actively recruiting accountants, payroll professionals, and payroll bureaus through our white label Partner Program and now have several hundred of them onboard all running MyPAYE under their own branding from their websites.

For more information please visit the MyPAYE website

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Cloud or Desktop Cloud
Cloud
Essential Features
In this section we rate the features of payroll software which we consider to be essential to run a company payroll and helpful to a Payroll Bureau.
Statutory calculations
Supports all Statutory Sick Pay, Statutory Parental Leave, Student Loan deductions and table based Court Orders. Can process SER deductions.
Payslip methods
Security Payslip Formats, with optional email delivery, It’s simple to brand your payslips with your logo or personalise completely and add your client’s Logo.
Reporting ability
Export of pay summaries, Nominal ledger, Statutory returns and Pay analysis via excel. Ability to reprint payslips and reports for current tax year and 3 years historically.
Ability to calculate holiday pay
Calculation of Advance (Holiday) Pay
Pro-rata calculations
Supports the calculation of pro-rata adjustments
Bureau functionality
Advisor to client communication channels make it easy to do business. Data synchronisation with accounting packages Kashflow, Exact, Xero, Twinfield and more… Fully integrated HR management tools are available as and when needed and with MyDECK Centre you don’t have to worry about whether you or your clients will manage the software because both options are always available.
Price
£1 per employee/month
User Experience
MyPAYE is a great value for money payroll tool, easy to operate and has many advantages even for the smallest employer. It is easy to email pay slips, summaries and statutory reports to clients and being online, can be accessed from any pc, and therefore not tied to being in an office or on your own laptop to view and access the records.
AE Features
In this section we look at how many pension providers the payroll software directly integrates into (via API) and the strength, breadth and cost of all automatic enrolment features on offer.
Pension scheme automation
Has data automation
AE Tools
Assessment, Communications, pension calculations, export file formats for providers.
Price
No charge for AE support with NEST and Smart Pension. MyDECK Centre is required for access to Legal & General via pensionsync where there is an additional fee of £1.50 per employee per month. There is also a support package of £10 per employer per month.
63%

About Quickbooks PaySuite

Easy to use Payroll Solution, Pay employees and manage workplace pension contributions all in one place with QuickBooks

For more information please visit the Quickbooks PaySuite website

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Cloud or Desktop Cloud
Cloud
Essential Features
In this section we rate the features of payroll software which we consider to be essential to run a company payroll and helpful to a Payroll Bureau.
Statutory calculations
Supports all Statutory Sick Pay, Statutory Parental Leave, Student Loan deductions and table based Court Orders. Can process SER deductions.
Payslip methods
PDF only
Reporting ability
Current payroll reporting is limited to:
  • Gross to Net
  • Net Pay
  • Payslip report
  • P32 (detail & summary)
plus 4 pension reports being Nest Membership & contribution reports and 2 generic pension reports.
More reports in development
Ability to calculate holiday pay
Not supported
Pro-rata calculations
Supports the calculation of pro-rata adjustments
Bureau functionality
The Accountant version give a dashboard showing all the clients details and upcoming to do lists
Price
Up to £10 per month for our monthly accounting subscription plus £1 per paid employee per month
User Experience
From running payroll to managing VAT, QuickBooks gives the ability for small businesses to see how your finances are doing and enables accounting professionals be more productive and grow their practice
AE Features
In this section we look at how many pension providers the payroll software directly integrates into (via API) and the strength, breadth and cost of all automatic enrolment features on offer.
Pension scheme automation
Does not yet automate pension data transfer
AE Tools
Assessment, Communications, pension calculations, export file formats for providers.
Price
AE features are available at no extra cost
61%

About KashFlow Payroll

Introducing KashFlow Payroll, Seamless integration with KashFlow’s cloud-based accounting software; access your payroll - anytime, anywhere. Our HMRC accredited payroll software processes your company’s pay, delivers your employees’ payslips and automatically files your RTI submissions online, and on time.

For more information please visit the KashFlow Payroll website

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Cloud
Essential Features
In this section we rate the features of payroll software which we consider to be essential to run a company payroll and helpful to a Payroll Bureau.
Statutory calculations
Supports all Statutory Sick Pay, Statutory Parental Leave, Student Loan deductions and table based Court Orders. Can process SER deductions.
Payslip methods
Kashflow sends payslips automatically to the employees email address for them to log in and access historical and current payslips in their own time.
Reporting ability
Create and send personalised reports that give you a summary of your incomings and outgoings which can he exported to PDF and Excel. P45s and P60s for leavers and year end reporting.
Ability to calculate holiday pay
Kashflow cannot calculate holiday accrual pay, however Iris have a Holiday Pay add-on available.
Pro-rata calculations
Supports the calculation of pro-rata adjustments
Bureau functionality
Kashflow is designed for small & medium sized Employers to use, therefore it is not a great payroll tool for Bureaus.
Price
£18 minimum per month, £2/employer/month plus £1 per employee/month.

£0.25 per Employee Self Service pcm

Unlimited companies and employees

Unlimited functionality

1st Company free

12 Month Contract
User Experience
KashFlow provides you with a convenient and affordable system that is extremely easy-to-use. We have tried other products on the market and none even come close.
AE Features
In this section we look at how many pension providers the payroll software directly integrates into (via API) and the strength, breadth and cost of all automatic enrolment features on offer.
Pension scheme automation
Does not yet automate pension data transfer
AE Tools
Assessment, Communications, pension calculations, export file formats for providers.
Price
£1 per employee for additional auto enrolment function.
60% NEST

About Earnie Business

Whether you are new to running the payroll or an experienced professional, Earnie Business meets your payroll requirements; providing many useful payroll features for a low price. It also offers the flexibility of defining payments and deductions for your specific business needs. Earnie Business is intuitive and easy-to-use with clear screens and straightforward layout. A library of straightfoward reports means you can easily get the information you need.

For more information please visit the Earnie Business website

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Desktop
Essential Features
In this section we rate the features of payroll software which we consider to be essential to run a company payroll and helpful to a Payroll Bureau.
Statutory calculations
Supports all Statutory Sick Pay, Statutory Parental Leave, Student Loan deductions and table based Court Orders. Can process SER deductions.
Payslip methods
IRIS OpenPayslips helps automate and streamline this process, saving time, money and helping reduce your carbon footprint. IRIS OpenPayslips allows you to publish payslips and P60s electronically from within your IRIS payroll software to a secure online portal. Once delivered your employees can view their current and historic payslips via their smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer, whenever they want!
Reporting ability
Get the most out of your payroll information with Earnie Executive’s flexible reporting options. We have included a comprehensive library of useful reports that provide both payroll and management information. For ad-hoc reporting requirements the quick report writer allows users to create summary style reports in moments. All reports can be printed or exported in a number of formats such as Word and Excel.
Ability to calculate holiday pay
Earnie cannot calculate holiday accrual pay, however Iris have a Holiday Pay add-on available.
Pro-rata calculations
Supports the calculation of pro-rata adjustments
Bureau functionality
For small to medium sized employers, bureau add on software is available.
Price
One off licence fee of £112, and £276 recurring annual fee for up to 25 employees.
User Experience
Earnie is very easy to use, from implementation to using. Its easy to understand, very easy to produce reports. Support is very good, and there are various bolt-ons to expand the system as required.
AE Features
In this section we look at how many pension providers the payroll software directly integrates into (via API) and the strength, breadth and cost of all automatic enrolment features on offer.
Pension scheme automation
Has data automation
AE Tools
Assessment, Communications, pension calculations, export file formats for providers.
Price
Iris AE Suite, a cloud based solution, is made up of 3 integrated solutions to assist with the management of auto enrolment. A simple 1-2-3 process, runs within the payroll.
  • 1-10 Employees £1.94 per employee
  • 11-25 Employees £1.62 per employee
  • 26-50 Employees £1.29 per employee
  • 51-100 Employees £1.13 per employee
  • 101-250 Employees £0.97 per employee
  • 251-500 Employees £0.87 per employee
  • 501-750 Employees £0.78 per employee
  • 751-1000 Employees £0.65 per employee
  • 1001-2500 Employees £0.58 per employee
  • 2501-5000 Employees £0.51 per employee
  • 5001-10000 Employees £0.45 per employee
23%

About HMRC Basic PAYE Tools

Basic Tool for processing pay and RTI submissions.

For more information please visit the HMRC Basic PAYE Tools website

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Desktop
Essential Features
In this section we rate the features of payroll software which we consider to be essential to run a company payroll and helpful to a Payroll Bureau.
Statutory calculations
Does not calculate Statutory absence or parental leave.
Payslip methods
Not supported.
Reporting ability
Not supported.
Ability to calculate holiday pay
Not supported.
Pro-rata calculations
Not supported.
Bureau functionality
Not supported.
Price
Free
User Experience
Simple, basic user experience, supported by HMRC
AE Features
In this section we look at how many pension providers the payroll software directly integrates into (via API) and the strength, breadth and cost of all automatic enrolment features on offer.
Pension scheme automation
Does not yet automate pension data transfer
AE Tools
Not supported.
Price
N/A

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