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Cloud payroll software: The options

4th Mar 2015
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Payroll has been a big topic for our members recently, not least with the advent of auto enrolment and its various staging dates. 

The entry of cloud accounting software developer Xero into the UK market added an extra touch of spice to the payroll scene, and claimed to be the first cloud developer to link payroll with accounts and a business intelligence dashboard.

Based on the Any Answers questions that arose about what options there are for cloud payroll, we decided to take a closer look at providers - both those that integrate with accounts and standalone payroll applications. 

1. FreeAgent 

FreeAgent's payroll engine has been a key component of the accounting package for some time.  Users can run a monthly payroll for themselves and/or their employees, and file it to HMRC under RTI rules. 

Accountants can do this for their clients in FreeAgent and set varying degrees of access to the program, so that the client can see the payroll figures, but not file them. If the accountant is using another software package to run payroll, then the payroll can be run in FreeAgent but not submitted to HMRC. Or, the accountant can upload payroll data from another package into FreeAgent, so that the accounts are updated to show wages and PAYE/NI due.

Pricing: As an integrated component, there is no extra charge for FreeAgent’s payroll module, irrespective of the number of employees each client has.

Auto enrolment: One person limited companies form the bulk of FreeAgent's customers. These companies are exempted from AE, so the software doesn't currently support auto enrolment. However, the company is in "active discussion" with third parties to discuss whether it could easily export data from FreeAgent into their software.

2. Sage One Payroll 

Sage One is primarily designed for micro and small businesses. The payroll program runs alongside Sage One accounts and can handle both RTI and auto enrolment.

To set up payroll in Sage One, users decide how often they want to pay employees and then upload straightforward employee information. The software is designed around a four-step process to assess the workforce for automatic enrolment, pay them, print payslips and submit RTI returns.  In addition to PAYE, NIC, sick and maternity pay, student loans and earnings order calculations the software includes standard payment templates that can be customised to account for additional items such as overtime.

When it sends the RTI full payment submission (FPS) to HMRC, Sage One Payroll updates the salary journals in Sage One Accounts. It comes with free UK -based support including 24/7 telephone, email and web chat and a support hub.

Pricing: Sage One Payroll costs £5 per month for 5 employees, £10 for 10 employees and £15 for 15 employees.  There is also a choice as to whether to subscribe to Payroll, Accounts or both products.

Auto enrolment: Sage One Payroll includes all AE functionality at no extra cost to users’ monthly payroll subscriptions. The AE capabilities include: 

  • Staging date countdown to when your business needs to be ready
  • Four-step automatic enrolment preparation wizard
  • Ongoing worker assessment
  • Opt-in, opt-out and worker postponement tools
  • Create secure auto enrolment communications to your workers via printed or emailed letters
  • Track what you owe the pension provider
  • Record keeping and communications audit trail.

3. KashFlow Payroll

KashFlow is now part of the IRIS tax and accountancy combine that is responsible for heavyweight payroll applications like Earnie. After KashFlow became the core of the group's cloud wing, the application formerly known as IRIS OpenPayroll was transformed into KashFlow Payroll. The program is HMRC-recognised for RTI. It creates automatic FPSs throughout the year, and has an online payslips facility and a company dashboard for monitoring payroll progress and statistics. The subscription includes unlimited employees and companies along with customer support. 

Pricing: The system starts at £5 per month for 1-5 employees, with an additional £1 per employee per month for any additional employees, and £0.25p per employee for ESS (e-payslips).

There is also a separate pricing tariff for accountants, which KashFlow describes as a competitive pricing structure in which the price per employee decreases according to the number of employees processed in the bureau.

Auto enrolment: KashFlow’s payroll program includes an AE setup wizard, employee assessment and auto enrolment reports. The existing AE functionality is being developed further to include communications to employees along with output files needed by the pension provider. 

4. Xero Payroll

While still at an early stage in its lifecycle, Xero’s UK payroll tool is RTI-compliant from the outset and integrates with Xero accounting.  RTI submissions are automatically made upon posting a pay run, and that information flows from payroll into the accounts.

Users can view the status and history of RTI submissions made on an RTI Filings dashboard. In addition, users can easily access a P32.

Whether payroll is managed by the employer or an external agent, employees can be invited to a secure portal where they can view their own pay history, payslips, holidays taken and requests for time off without being able to see the rest of the Xero accounts. This will be available via the web on release, along with iOS and Android phones shortly afterwards. 

Pricing: Pricing for payroll is bundled into the main Xero subscription, which started at an introductory rate of £20/month for one employee. The premium subscription for 10 employees is £25 per month, rising to £80 for 100 employees. 

Auto enrolment: At the time of launch in Feburary 2015 included basic AE data fields that give users the ability to enter details of their pension scheme provider and contribution arrangements. Further features to come will include output files for the pension providers, detailed reporting and assessment of employees.

5. MyPAYE

This standalone cloud payroll applications integrates with the likes of Xero, KashFlow and Twinfield and includes includes a payroll dashboard to keep track of each scheme. Accountants and bureaux that join the MyPAYE partner programme can run the application from their own website, with logos and colour branding to match. The programme offers discounted rates, monthly billing with breakdown by client, branded payslips and CIS construction industry scheme for subcontractors functionality.

Pricing: £1 per month per paid employee and a 30-day free trial. There is no licencing limit on the number of companies or employees and users only pay for those employees you produce a payslip for.

Auto enrolment: The software includes AE functionality including employee assessment, export of Pension AE data to Pension Provider for supported file formats.

6. Payroo 

With a free option for the smallest companies, Payroo is gaining a growing following among AccountingWEB members. The developer claims its cloud program is compatible with any accounting package and can generate P45s and payslips as well as all statutory returns and notices. Each employee can sign into an individual account. Its other features include reports, RTI eReturns, automatic P11S reports and pay summaries.

Pricing:  Payroo is free in companies with fewer than 10 employees, but can cater for up to 5,000 employees for a fee of £3 per employee per year, payable at the end of the tax year.

Auto enrolment: Able has implemented the comprehensive AE into the existing payroll system adhering closely with The Pensions Regulator and will be available for all employers to auto enroll their employees who meet suitable/qualifying criteria into a workplace pension scheme.

7. Clear Books Open Payroll

The Clear Books payroll module supports different pay periods, bulk processing, RTI FPS and EPS formats, payslips output in a variety of formats, ane the ability to export CSV files to Natwest and RBS. Accountants using the program can also enter agent information to access and interrogate HMRC Online from within the application. Its full features are available on the official website.

Pricing: Pricing starts from £6 per month (including VAT) for two employees. Three or more employees will be charged at £2.50 each per month.

Auto enrolment: Clear Books is gearing up to support automatic enrolment support in its 2015-16 tax year release. The software will tell employers that employees need to be auto enrolled as their pay/age dictates, and will stop pensions being provided to employees who are below the minimum permissible amounts. The payroll module will not generate AE letters and communications, but Clear Books is working on tools to help customers remember their key filing dates and to direct them to guidance from The Pension Regulator and their pension provider.

8. CloudPay 

Designed for larger organisations, CloudPay claims to be the world’s only cloud-based global platform for integrated payroll and payments processing. The program  is a  multi-currency, multi-lingual cloud system that can house multiple companies within a secure, multi-tenant environment. It integrates with existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) and human capital management (HCM) and includes various features such as employee self service access to payroll information.

Pricing: CloudPay's pricing model is based on a per payslip per month license fee that ensures the ongoing cost model is always relative to the size of the business. The model is based on: 

  • Managed service fee per month & total annual managed service fee
  • Subscription fee per employee per month
  • One time implementation fee
  • One time in-country setup fee
  • Payroll processing fee per employee per month.

Auto enrolment: As part of its commitment to comply with all statutory requirements in each locale, CloudPay’s  can cope with the UK’s auto enrolment regime.

From the smallest one-person band to global multinationals, there are cloud payroll options for all comers. While we have provided prices and descriptions of key features including auto enrolment, the ultimate test of any software application is how it works in real life.

9. QuickBooks Online

Details: With this product, you can run payroll from within QuickBooks Online, check employee payslips as you do the payroll, calculate PAYE and submit RTI data, have your payroll figures flow into your accounts, unlimited support and the ability to record one-off payments. 

Pricing: There are various plans, starting from £7.20 per month for 12 months. This price includes the QuickBooks online product - payroll is free. 

Auto enrolment: QuickBooks 2014 R5 has AE functionality, such as: 

  • Recording staging dates
  • Assess workforce
  • Employees will be assessed at the point of running the payroll 
  • The system will flag any employee which has changed status
  • A new Pension tab on the employee record which includes employee status and enrolment history
  • The ability to postpone where necessary
  • Updated reports to show pension contributions; both employee and employers

10. Liberty Accounts

Details: Liberty Accounts has included an HMRC recognised payroll suite as part of its online accounting solution since 2004. Access to the payroll can be restricted using roles, allowing accountants to give clients access to their payroll, or manage it on their behalf as required.

The payroll is RTI compliant and weekly/fortnightly/four-weekly/monthly pay periods are all supported. Additionally, the payroll workflow pulls expense and mileage claims from the accounts into the payroll.

The payroll suite also includes a fully integrated P11D feature for tracking of benefits and expenses and submission of P11D’s and production of Section 336 claim forms.

Pricing: Under their small business concessionary rate, £12.95/month, payroll and P11D are provided free of charge. For businesses exceeding the small business thresholds payroll/P11D is £1/employee.

Auto enrolment: Within Liberty Accounts pension deductions can be set to auto enrolment thresholds. The package will provide the required data extracts for the leading pension providers.

11. Brightpay

While not a cloud payroll provider just yet, Brightpay is planning to allow the user to have the option of storing their payroll data in the cloud. 

They have stressed that this will be an optional feature.

12. Keytime 

Keytime does not yet have a full cloud payroll product, but it will be launching a new Payroll Payslip Portal product in April 2015, powered by Arithmo.

More information will be featured in a later wider article on auto enrolment compliant software. 

​13. Nomisma Solution

This is a new to the market product that encompasses accounts production and payroll. It officially launched at Accountex last year. 

Pricing is as yet unknown but its functions include: 

  • Set up unlimited companies
  • Bulk RTI submissions saving you significant time in submitting payroll
  • Send pay slips to all clients at a click of Button
  • Payroll Reports
  • Auto payroll 
  • Fully integrated to accounts 

If you have experience using these products, please comment below and tell us what you like or don't like about them. Similarly if we have missed a product out, let us know and we will add it to our round-up. 

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By ShirleyM
04th Mar 2015 10:05

Monthly or annual pricing?

I know Payroo is an annual price.

Same with Sage One.  It isn't clear whether it's a monthly, or an annual fee and this can make a big difference to overall costs.

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By Rachael White
04th Mar 2015 10:18

Thanks Shirley!

I  have added that info in now. It's monthly for Sage One and yearly for Payroo.

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By lordlancaster
04th Mar 2015 10:48

Thank you!

Great article Rachael! Thanks for taking the time to write a fair and honest comparison of all the cloud payroll options out there. Accountants and bookkeepers are now much better informed to make up their own mind :o)

Paul Lancaster
Sage One UK & Ireland

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By Rachael White
04th Mar 2015 10:39

Hi Paul

Thank you for your help.

The article was based on an Any Answers post and to present a view of various options in what looks like a very interesting area! 

We'll do another round up quite soon based on auto enrolment capabilities of payroll products rather than just cloud based. 

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By ScottBell
04th Mar 2015 12:44

All in one Cloud Based Accounting Software

Hi Rachael

We at DNS Associates use Nomisma Solution which I personally feel is a wonderful software. It has all the integrated features of Sage, Zero, IRIS and a lot more. The beauty about it is that it can be customised according to one's needs be it an accountant or a business owner and the pricing is really exiting too.

 

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By MattG
04th Mar 2015 14:43

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ScottBell wrote:

Hi Rachael

We at DNS Associates use Nomisma Solution which I personally feel is a wonderful software. It has all the integrated features of Sage, Zero, IRIS and a lot more. The beauty about it is that it can be customised according to one's needs be it an accountant or a business owner and the pricing is really exiting too.

I've seen software packages with low and high pricing, good value and poor value, not sure I've ever found one exciting though...

 

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By ScottBell
04th Mar 2015 15:10

I am still excited !!!

Something which comes as unexpected always excites you. Atleast, it does excite lively people.

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By NeilFraserC
09th Mar 2015 15:42

Self promotion?

ScottBell wrote:

Hi Rachael

We at DNS Associates use Nomisma Solution which I personally feel is a wonderful software. It has all the integrated features of Sage, Zero, IRIS and a lot more. The beauty about it is that it can be customised according to one's needs be it an accountant or a business owner and the pricing is really exiting too.

 

Who are the director(s) of Nomisma Scott? Am I correct in thinking that's the director(s) of DNS?

I've no issue in self promotion but you should make it clear that is what you're doing.

Neil

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By Rachael White
04th Mar 2015 13:18

Nomisma

Hi Scott, 

Many thanks for the heads up on that! We should have included those too - we will add them in.

Thanks.

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By Tim Vane
04th Mar 2015 15:05

Quickbooks Online?

I thought QBO had integrated payroll? I've not used it but I'm sure I've heard something.

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By Rachael White
04th Mar 2015 15:29

Updated

Scott & Tim, thanks for your suggestions. Article now updated to reflect these (more Nomisma info to come!) 

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By Euan MacLennan
05th Mar 2015 09:58

RTI?

Why make so much mention of the various payroll applications' ability to file RTI reports?  It is a statement of the obvious.  If they couldn't file RTI reports, they would be useless as payroll applications.

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By kazbor
05th Mar 2015 11:48

Capium cloud software

Have you looked at the Capium range of accounting software which is all cloud based. This offers a free payroll package for the smaller business. I don't actually use the payroll module but have been using the accounts and tax modules since last summer and am impressed with the overall package and support provided.

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By Whinger
05th Mar 2015 11:57

Batch processing?

Currently we use moneysoft, but it means keeping Parallels on the Mac all the time and it's a pain.

But something I do like about moneysoft is the Agent Batch Processing feature. I can add say 60 company payrolls that have the same info each month and process all of them in one go. That saves loads of time.

Do any of these online systems have this facility?

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By seitler
05th Mar 2015 12:49

keeping parallels ?

Whinger - why do you have it on the Mac too ? Presumably so you can process payrolls on the move ? why don't you use something like logmein and just have the one record (which is regularly backed up) so you don't have 2 versions flying about ?

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By michaelbeaver
05th Mar 2015 14:34

Payroo has batch processing

@Whinger.  Payroo has batch processing, however it's not something I have used so can't comment as to whether or not it works as you would like.

 

M.

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By mickeyparish
05th Mar 2015 11:59

HMRC BPI-RTI

I know it's only available to small companies, but we find HMRC's free BPI-RTI downloadable package simple and effective, and improving all the time.  And what's more, it's FREE !!

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By Captspar
05th Mar 2015 13:16

ThePayrollSite

Thank you for writing this - it's always useful to keep up to date with what's available and extremely helpful to have it all in one place like this.

We've been using ThePayrollSite, a standalone product, in our small business for some time because we needed something that would integrate with Kashflow (long before the days of their own payroll add-on) and it was one of their recommendations at the time. It also integrates with Xero that I know of, and quite probably others too. We've always found the product easy to use and whenever we've needed to call their helpline, the staff are always very helpful and knowledgeable, and we've never been anything other than very satisfied with them to date. It's £5.75 per month for up to 5 employees and £1 per additional employee per month, and they also offer a month's free trial.

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By hildadoitservices
08th Mar 2015 14:41

ThePayrollSite

I've used this product for five years and have no complaints.  Any queries have been quickly dealt with.  I've recommended it to others and they have been happy too.

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By Karen Bennett
10th Jan 2017 14:18

Rachael, very well written.

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By Sheepy306
05th Mar 2015 14:41

Missing
Just curious.......what was number 9 and what did they do wrong to be removed? ;-)

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By Cantona1
05th Mar 2015 14:50

Left Out

Why Liberty and Clarity 365 are not included? I have read lots of good reviews on this site.

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By Cath Walker
05th Mar 2015 15:42

Quickbooks online payroll is only free until 31 July 2015.  From the QB website:

Payroll is free until July 31st 2015 thereafter it will £1 per active employee, per month (plus VAT).

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By pillowmay
05th Mar 2015 21:15

Cloud payrolll seems to end up very expensive

We tried to start using cloud payroll systems in the current payroll year 2014-15 and we found that we were paying more per month than we had been paying previously for the whole year`s worth of software and the functionality in the payroll software was nowhere near as good.  So in Sept-14, we moved all our payrolls back onto good old Moneysoft, even though it is not on the cloud.  We will need to see some impressive agent features before we are tempted back onto cloud payroll systems again!

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By Surferph34
05th Mar 2015 22:44

No Wave review?
Strange not to see it included. Considering it's free?

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By [email protected]
06th Mar 2015 06:20

Auto Batch processing with Nomisma

With Nomisma you can set up clients where payroll is fixed as auto and then system sends draft payroll for client to review, final payslips and submits RTI and post tranactions to account without you blinking the eye. have not seen or heard any other software doing this.

Nomisma payroll comes free with bookkeeping so there is no reason why it should be expensive. Frankly never seen such product.

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By raybackler
06th Mar 2015 08:50

Liberty Accounts

We use Liberty Accounts that has a fully integrated payroll.  The first two users are free (i.e. included in the monthly accounts fee), so it is good for micro companies.  After two users it is £1 per month per employee.

I am not sure of the status on auto enrolment and will be checking soon.

Liberty had a fully integrated payroll in 2004, when we first started using it, so I am not sure about Rachael's comment about the fanfare from Xero being the first cloud provider to fully integrate payroll!  Did Xero really say this?

Great article by the way Rachael.

 

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By Rachael White
06th Mar 2015 09:50

Round-up

There are a few on the list we didn't get around to - as such I will update this article between now and Monday to reflect the names we didn't mention.

Thanks!

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By axw001
06th Mar 2015 11:46

Liberty Accounts

Thank you Ray for alerting us to this article.

As you say we have had HMRC Recognised payroll integrated into our online accounting solution since 2004/5, along with HMRC Recognised P11D preparation and filing since 2008. Given that a number of other packages listed above have more recently added integrated payrolls any claim by xero to be the first is clearly self-delusional nonsense if not an cavalier attempt to mislead.

Just to clarify on the pricing of our payroll:

The headline price is £1 per month per active employee, but the payroll can be free either when offered via the freelancer business service key that is only available via our partners, or for businesses starting up on Liberty where the turnover is below £75k and there are 5 or less active employees on the payroll.

The latter is part of a concessionary pricing package we offer for startups aimed at giving them all the tools they might need for a new business at a very reasonable price.

I look forward to your update to this article Rachael - if there is any information you need from us at Liberty please make contact.

Alan Wright

[email protected]

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By Si_Woodhams
06th Mar 2015 12:07

QBO AE

QBO also does all of the letters you need to send to employees as well, quite a major thing for AE in my view.

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By garyturner
06th Mar 2015 16:17

Delusional cavalier?

I'm many things but generally speaking I'm not delusional, cavalier or deliberately deceptive. Definitely not the latter, and to a fault sometimes.

I'm also not sure where the notion came from that we were claiming to be the first to integrate accounting and payroll in the cloud. Not something we've said, or would say.

Gary Turner
Managing Director, Xero
@garyturner

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By axw001
06th Mar 2015 17:34

Calm Down Gary

Nobody is accusing you of being delusional or cavalier Gary.

The first paragraph of Rachel's article implies xero has made such a claim and other articles on the internet seem to suggest the claim has been made in a press release issued by xero. I am sure you have a better idea than I do of what is put out on your press releases, but they certainly seem to be giving a lot of journalists the impression that xero are claiming to be the first.

Be of good cheer

Alan

[email protected]

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By Sheepy306
06th Mar 2015 16:33

A pointer

This is where I read it........

https://www.business-cloud.com/articles/news/xero-announces-integrated-cloud-accounting-solution

Specifically the article says...........The new solution is described in the press release as "the first seamless, all-in-one accounting and payroll solution, along with a business performance dashboard using big data to provide real-time business insights."

 

Haven't seen the press release personally, cloud payroll isn't for me.

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By garyturner
06th Mar 2015 18:47

I'm calm

The broader context of the quotation was missed off in Rachael's opening, the emphasis of the parallel dashboard BI announcement is pertinent.

I'm calm, and I'm sorry if I read your remark "claim by xero to be the first is clearly self-delusional nonsense if not an cavalier attempt to mislead." as being in any way negative.

Gary Turner
Managing Director, Xero
@garyturner
 

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By Sheepy306
06th Mar 2015 19:38

Context
Is there a link to the actual press release? That would be a simple way of clarifying the context, it is frustrating for the end user (eg me) when a journalist misquotes comments/press releases.
Accountants are generally educated people (well we like to think so) and if we know that information is being misquoted then we can place less reliance on that aspect in future. Eg I tend to believe a broadsheet more than a tabloid newspaper.

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By x10dit
07th Mar 2015 11:43

Thanks for the summary of current cloud payroll providers

You might also want to check out https://www.thepayrollsite.co.uk/, it does all the usual stuff, it's HMRC approved and does RTI etc... I've been using it for nearly 5 years and the service and support is excellent.

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By raybackler
08th Mar 2015 23:28

Oh Gary!

I think your press release has been mis-quoted, but as it stands business-cloud.com are reporting your claim to be first.  A link to your press release follows:

https://www.xero.com/media/4940881/xero-eliminates-small-business-payrol...

Your press release makes it sound like Xero are solving a problem that has not been solved previously.  Consider the following extracts:

"Small businesses have been waiting too long for companies to innovate in payroll and improve their experience, which up until now has been painful."

"And for the business owner, there’s no need to worry about submitting RTI to HMRC again, with submissions automatically handled after each payroll, along with PAYE, student loan and National Insurance calculations. The information is then automatically updated in their Xero accounts, with no duplication of data-entry, giving business owners more time to focus on running their business."

“For the business owner, running a business is much easier when you combine two of the most critical back office tasks: accounting and payroll. Now small businesses can save time and money by getting exactly what they need in this all-in-one, easy-to-use, seamless accounting and payroll solution.”

All of this has been done before by others.

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By garyturner
09th Mar 2015 15:45

Research

@raybackler

Not contesting that accounting and payroll is a new thing - I've been in accounting and payroll software for more than twenty years.

Nonetheless, our prime motivation to build payroll was supported by a couple of bits of market insight.

There are 1.2M employers in the UKOf which just over 1M employ between 1-9 staffOf which 300k use the HMRC's free Basic PAYE Tools softwareOf the remaining 700k, about 2/3rds outsource and 1/3 use commercial payroll software like Sage etc.

So, the reality is that only 20% of UK businesses use commercial payroll software and the UK's most popular payroll software package is in fact the free HMRC offering which is totally un-integrated with any accounting software (and doesn't even print payslips).

Accordingly, this notion of a seamless payroll and accounting experience is actually something that eight out of ten SMBs emphatically just do not experience in the UK today - and that's the target audience we think of when we talk about why we built payroll inside Xero and what the market dynamics we're addressing are.

Gary Turner
Managing Director, Xero
@garyturner

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By raybackler
10th Mar 2015 07:28

Seamless integration

@garyturner

Thanks for the update.  I am actually a supporter of what Xero are bringing to the market and the huge advances brought about by cloud accounting.  I am just a little sceptical of the extent of the claims in your press release.

Having regularly experienced the difficulties clients have in managing the integration of Sage Payroll into Line 50, I do agree that the present market place generally does not offer seamless integration.  I also regularly come across people attempting to understand their business performance when the payroll is outsourced and usually missing or in arrears from entry into their management accounts.

Just reign it in a bit!

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By lordlancaster
10th Mar 2015 15:39

Sage One is Seamless

Sage has had genuinely seamless integration between their cloud-based Sage One Accounts and Sage One Payroll software since April 2012 so Xero are certainly not "the first seamless, all-in-one accounting and payroll solution" as quoted at www.business-cloud.com/articles/news/xero-announces-integrated-cloud-acc...

I'd also like to add that Sage One (cloud) is not the same as Sage 50 (desktop software). It's been completely built from scratch from the ground up with the primary aim of making everything simpler for the end user / small business owner, and the accountants / bookkeepers who work with them.

I'm not allowed to include links on here but if you do a Google search for 'Sage One' or 'Sage One Accountant Edition' you'll see exactly what we offer.

Even if I didn't work for Sage I'd say no-one understands payroll legislation more or provides better support than the people at Sage and the army of accountants out there who mostly use our software.

15yrs ago I used to work in payroll tech support at Sage for 2yrs before leaving and then coming back to work in the Sage One team. So I have first-hand experience of how complex payroll legislation can be for a small business and why they continue to not only need software that is always up-to-date but comes with expert advice and support.

I hope anyone reading this will take a closer look.

Thanks

Paul Lancaster
Sage One UK & Ireland
@lordlancaster
 

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By Rachael White
10th Mar 2015 11:19

May I please reminder posters

That this thread is merely to present the existing cloud payroll options for our members and not to serve any other purpose.

I will be updating this later today to include a few more providers. 

This is not about who did it first, second or last, it is to paint a picture about what is on offer for accountants. Please feel free to email us any suggestions for further features at: [email protected].

Thanks,

Rachael

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By axw001
10th Mar 2015 15:44

Agreed - Good to have an article listing cloud payroll providers

Rachael

Since your article opens with the suggestion that xero "claimed to be the first cloud developer to link payroll with accounts", which is not a fact that stands up to examination, it is to be expected that this should stimulate some comment. People rightly tend to "push back" against claims that are not true.

The casual reader will not know how you came to understand that this was their claim. You are not the only journalist to have the same misunderstanding and the thread has given Gary Turner an opportunity to clarify matters.

I trust we will be included in your update as we have had an HMRC recognised payroll integrated with our cloud accounts since 2004/5.

Thank you

[email protected]

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By Rachael White
10th Mar 2015 16:09

Hi Alan

Ah - I see what you mean. That sentence was added in by another editor as we frequently check one anothers' work, but thank you for bringing it to my attention though and for an interesting debate. 

I have been in touch with your colleague Neil about gathering some details to add to the article. Once I have these, I'm happy to add you - and apologies for the oversight. 

Rachael

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By AndrewV12
01st Apr 2015 11:22

Cloud payroll

Can cloud payroll be passed on to customers, or will it become just another fixed overhead. 

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By axw001
01st Apr 2015 11:53

Where does the cost fall?

Hi Andrew

I can't speak for the other providers, but at Liberty Accounts we offer our professional partners the flexibility of providing the service as part of their bundled offering, in which case we invoice the partner, or asking their clients who use Liberty to set up a direct debit payment within Liberty Accounts. Some partners use both approaches, depending on what suits the relationship they have with the client.

 

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By Robert D Brown
26th May 2015 22:30

Cloud based CIS payroll software - PayCloud

I'm in the processing of developing a cloud based CIS payroll management system for construction contractors. The idea is to streamline the payroll process as comprehensively as possible in order to save time and money, and eliminate the chances of human error. The application is to integrate with Xero, and also introduce online timesheets and subcontractor invoice submission, email payslip issuing, subcontractor validation, and an API to automate monthly CIS returns to HMRC.

I've launched a basic site to explain the concept and pricing. I'd be really happy to hear peoples feedback. 

www.paycloud.co.uk

 

 

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By bhaveshk
10th Jan 2017 13:01

Nice article. I found another payroll software at TopTenInsider. There are listed on numerous of payroll software for your business. You should choose the right system which suits your needs and provides good customer support. - https://www.topteninsider.com/payroll-software

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