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Dear all,

Currently, I outsource my payroll and want to bring it in-house. I am therefore looking for a payroll software. I use Iris which is too expensive to add payroll package to, I am aware of Xero however, not all clients are on Xero. 

I wonder if anyone can recommend a software which has good customer service and won't cost an arm and leg.

Many thanks for your suggestions.  

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By Kaylee100
20th May 2019 13:21

I understand Bright pay is liked by many small payroll providers. We use it for CIS only and find it pretty good.

We use SAGE and have about 40 payrolls (two with > 20 employees)

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By SKaur
20th May 2019 15:11

Thank you Kaylee. Brightpay and Sage are the two I cannot decide about. Sage won't show their prices online so may have to give them a call.

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By Chris.Mann
20th May 2019 13:30

Many of us on here use and recommend Moneysoft Payroll software.
It really is a seamless piece of kit https://moneysoft.co.uk/

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By SKaur
20th May 2019 15:13

Thank you Chris. I haven't used Moneysoft so I will give it a try before signing up with Brightpay.

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By lionofludesch
20th May 2019 13:37

Folk on here will consistently come up with Brightpay and Moneysoft.

Moneysoft is cheaper.

You can trial both for free.

Sage - surprised anyone is still using it as it's so clunky and not competitively priced.

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By jcace
20th May 2019 13:40

I would recommend BrightPay. It has very intuitive Auto Enrolment features, linking via API with a number of pension providers. It can import from other payoll programs, either directly or via CSV. It also handles CIS and can output to print, pdf, email or its own cloud-based storage. It has also recently added the ability to post payroll journals directly to Xero.

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By daniel_
20th May 2019 13:59

We use Moneysoft, it's cheap, stable and easy to use.

We store the data on a shared drive so that multiple users can access payroll data in the office.

Have had to call support a couple times, they are helpful.

If I were to choose again I'd probably give Brightpay a shot, even if they did recently increase their fees quite sharply. The interface and handling of AE/NEST seems a bit more intelligent, same with emailing payslips and rolling forward at end of tax year. (Still not sure if there's a way to create a new tax year for all employers at once.)

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By SKaur
20th May 2019 15:15

Hi Daniel,

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. I really appreciate it.

Regards

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By NYB
20th May 2019 14:08

I endorse all the Brightpay recomendations. An excellent package that is slick and easy to use. They are always with one eye on the future so that they are at the forefront of any changes etc. Their support is wonderful.
Go for it.

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By ScribbleD
20th May 2019 15:03

You will find several threads on this subject with most recommending Brightpay or Moneysoft. Both are significantly cheaper than Iris and both are excellent. I've been using Brightpay for a number of years now and find it great. I did an online demo first and then I downloaded the free trial. I have never looked back.

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By SKaur
20th May 2019 15:18

Thank you. I think I will go with Brightpay.

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By Moonbeam
20th May 2019 15:50

Do NOT even think about Sage payroll. It's been chock full of bugs since time began. Brightpay and Moneysoft are much cheaper and work more consistently.

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By shaunmcguinness
20th May 2019 16:51

I did use Moneysoft but changed to Brightpay as it has more functionality such as quarterly payroll. Great product. Support not so great

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By Jennifer Adams
20th May 2019 18:46

Capium. Its straightforward to use, can do pensions and for clients who only have one or two directors = free. Free for as many clients you want but the number of employees is restricted to 3 per payroll
One thing it cant do is prior year adjustments so I use HMRC Basic Tools for the small number I have done in the past (2 I think).
Also... the support is good. They dont discriminate because you've not paid.
Cant speak too highly
No... I'm not an employee.

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By NH
21st May 2019 06:22

Brightpay, despite the eye watering hike in price it is still the best value for money that I have used, support is 1st class

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By adam kay
21st May 2019 15:11

Absolutely recommend Brightpay. Yes it's more expensive than Moneysoft but the time you will save using Brightpay more than makes up for the difference in price. Year end work is extremely simple and fast, and so is pensions. It takes care of almost everything for you - it could not be easier to use. Plus if you have a problem, you phone up their free support. One time we spoke to their software developers and they made a change to the software for us - they really listen to the users and make regular updates so it is at it's best.

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By Euan MacLennan
21st May 2019 18:25

Are you really thinking of changing payroll software in Month 2 of the tax year? You should have thought about this in March at the latest.

It is difficult to transfer payrolls in mid-year - particulary if the previous software was Sage - and can lead to duplication of employee records and hence, BR or 0T PAYE codes.

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By sarah douglas
21st May 2019 21:09

My Paye Ltd cloud payroll bureau and single company . Excellent software. Using it for years support is excellent .

There are so many nice features take a look at their website .

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By MarinaL
23rd May 2019 10:33

Last year I moved from Sage payroll to BrightPay. Their bureau version is very reasonably priced and easy to use.

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By David.dgwright.co.uk
23rd May 2019 10:45

We have used Brightpay for what must be 15 years now. Fantastic program & support is good if you ever need it. Handles AE really well. Brightpay connect is great even if you just use it for the cloud back up. We have a couple of clients that use the connect add on to send us the hours etc, we just then "approve". Works well and clients like it.
Excellent integration with NEST and Peoples Pension, no creating CSV files and importing, just press a "send" button and off the data goes.
New Quickbooks online integration works well.

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By coops456
23rd May 2019 10:57

Another vote for Moneysoft. Anyone familiar with spreadsheets will find it intuitive. Excellent value for money for bureaux - £204+VAT for unlimited employers. UK-based support by phone or email.

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By lh3f9764bg1g
23rd May 2019 10:57

Brightpay over Sage by a mile (have used both . . . . . won't EVER go back to Sage). Haven't used Moneysoft so can't say one way or t'other about that.
Chris.

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By Charlie Carne
23rd May 2019 11:05

If you prefer cloud software, take a look at https://www.keypay.co.uk or https://www.thepayrollsite.co.uk

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By Platta
23rd May 2019 11:19

Moneysoft Payroll Manager. Its not cloud based or modern in appearance, but it is simple to use, does everything well, and is very cost effective.

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By banny
23rd May 2019 11:43

We used Moneysoft and Brightpay up until 2018/19 and have switched completely to Brightpay. Much better even though they had a huge % price increase.

Always found Moneysoft was slow, would crash quite often and corrupt the data. No such issues with Brightpay.

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By john hextall
23rd May 2019 12:30

SAGE is OK if you don't mind calculating gross pay outside of the system and doing the pension stuff manually. It prints payslips nicely and RTI seems to work. We pay £23 a month for up to 15 employees if that is any help.

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By kevinringer
23rd May 2019 14:36

We've been using Moneysoft for 10 years. It's cheap and easy to use. The main disadvantage is lack of flexibility with dates eg all weekly paid employees have to be paid on the same day and that day also has to be used for CIS subbies.

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By LocalBookkeepingSupport
23rd May 2019 14:56

Having used Sage payroll, QuickBooks Deskop Payroll, QuickBooks Online payroll and currently back to where I first started with Moneysoft, I know that out of all of them, Moneysoft is not just the cheaper but is all the most robust and user friendly of them all. It has had time to hone its system. Sage - expensive and too all consuming! QBD - ok but expensive compared to Moneysoft - QBO - £1 per person per month - costs mount up but Moneysoft - amazing value and covers CIS Deductions, CIS Suffered as well as auto-enrolment with ease. Moneysoft all the way with me for cost and ease of use and I wish I had gone back to it sooner. It can looked outdated but the solidity of its program works for me. Many say Brightpay too so I looked at it and downloaded and trialled - still did not give me the ease of Moneysoft! Good luck with the changeover.

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By zas
23rd May 2019 18:17

Hi, try Payroll Manager by Moneysoft https://moneysoft.co.uk/downloads/
ATB

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By johnhemming
24th May 2019 07:13

It is not clear from your question whether you want payroll in order to provide services or just for your own staff.

My smaller company (Cirrostratus/John Hemming Trading) now uses
http://www.12cloudpayroll.com/

Which is free for the number of staff we have. It also generates a valid autoenrollment file which can be uploaded to smart pension. I think these files are in a standard format, but the previous provider did not do that and the file was just edited before upload which is a bit of a faff.

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By Beach Accountancy
27th May 2019 08:25

Same for me. Looks ugly but works.

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By Vallery Lee
24th May 2019 12:26

Have you thought about Andica payroll? I have used it for several years. The cost is reasonable for an annual licence, and includes updates, no limit to the number of companies or employees. I also use their partnership return software, self-assessment software and CT600 software. All very good

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By Blackfalcon
25th May 2019 12:48

I was using Moneysoft before and decided to move to cloud base software. In the end I decided to use Payroo. Brightpay is not completely Cloud base and if you want to use cloud storage it becomes very expensive. Payroo provides cloud storage and your clients can log on and print their pay slips and other documents. In my view Payroo offers better value for a small practice.

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