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Best payroll software | Software Awards 2020 shortlist


The Payroll Software category in the Software Awards for Accounting Excellence 2020 was once again a fierce fight.

9th Nov 2020
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Payroll managers played a heroic role during 2020 to stay on top of a sequence of rapidly changing furlough schemes and grant applications that introduced new concepts such as “usual hours” and different mechanisms for sourcing the cash to meet monthly liabilities.

The pace of change in a completely new area of activity diminished the ability of software developers to handle many of the claims directly, but the providers of payroll tools nevertheless stepped forward to support their users will all kinds of technical support and practical guidance to cope with the changes.

Customer support is always a key measure in the software satisfaction equation. We will have to wait until the category winner is announced on 30 November to find out how our finalists fared on this front. Those competing for the 2020 payroll include:

  • BrightPay

  • Moneysoft

  • Nomisma

  • The Payroll Site

  • Xero Payroll

Our shortlist is made up of three very solid blocks representing different constituencies: the long-term small business firm favorite and desktop app Moneysoft, the more functional bureau program BrightPay (again desktop, but with an online “Connect” user portal) and last year’s winner The Payroll Site, representing the emerging cloud contingent.

Who will walk away with the first place? Come back on Monday, 30th November 2020 when we announce the winner of this year's Payroll Software of the Year Award.

The 2020 Shortlist

BrightPay is a payroll solution that provides everything you need to prepare you for Auto Enrolment. It is designed for small and medium businesses, accountants, and other payroll bureau providers.

Read more about BrightPay

Moneysoft's Payroll Manager is a comprehensive, easy to use, HMRC recognised RTI compliant payroll software package used by thousands of SME’s, agents, accountants and CIS Contractors across the UK.

Read more about Moneysoft

Nomisma is the ultimate cloud accounting suite, built by accountants for accountants. Offering every tool an accountant could dream of from bookkeeping through to payroll, accounts production, tax return production and company secretarial backed up by a powerful CRM system. Accountants and their clients also benefit from a mobile app helping manage their practice, produce reports and take pictures of receipts on the go.

Read more about Nomisma

The Payroll Site's online PAYE service takes care of all the payroll needs of a small UK business, including calculating PAYE, NIC and pension deductions. It is all accessed via your web browser, so there is no software to install. It links with the systems that small businesses use, including all of the popular cloud accounting systems.

Read more about The Payroll Site

Payroll and accounting software that makes doing business, beautiful. Make your next pay run the easiest it's ever been with Xero's payroll and accounting software. Upgrades, online support and tax tables are included at no extra cost. Simplicity and control - at a great price.

Read more about Xero

Accounting Excellence Software Awards 2020

Every year, the Accounting Excellence Software Awards celebrates the very best in accounting technology. Voted for by the UK public in what is now proudly the UK's biggest survey of accounting software, independent voting across multiple criteria means that the Software Awards are valued by both the audience and the winners alike. 

This year, the Accounting Excellence Software Awards will be run online via the AccountingWEB and Accounting Excellence websites. Shortlists and winners for each of the categories will be announced on AccountingWEB with the keenly-fought Practice Suite of the Year announced live at the Accounting Excellence Firm Awards 2020. 

Read the full Software Awards 2020 shortlist rundown

AccountingWEB Payroll Software Reviews

Read more about the best payroll software for UK accountants at our dedicated Software Reviews page.

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