Sageone Payroll : The rock of wages

7/22/2012 11:20:10 AM

The rock of wages

Sage, arguably the best-known name in desktop accounting, has found the transition to cloud-based services awkward. However, this inexpensive web-based service could give its online of­ferings a kick-start. Payroll is an easy-to-use payroll processor. Its default window shows a summary with details of your last pay runs and a countdown-style reminder of when the next payment records are due.

Versions of the program offer support for between five and 15 employees. For each, you can create and edit employee details, such as tax information and working pattern.

Description: The main Payroll Summary window on the iPad less you see when the next payroll summaries are due
The main Payroll Summary window on the iPad less you see when the next payroll summaries are due

Payroll supports both weekly and monthly pay runs. In both cases, it’s a simple step-by- step process of confirming the pay date, and for each employee adding absences such as sickness and maternity or paternity leave (Payroll uses the gender of the employee to automatically offer the correct option), and other additions or deductions.

We found it inflexible - there’s no ability to create other forms of absence such as unpaid leave - but it’s simple and clear. For example, it’s good to see the total employer costs of the pay run, and a small graph of pay trends that appears at the end of the pay run is a great way to highlight monthly payment variations that might indicate user error.

As well as monthly runs, you can prepare a year-end return to submit P14/P35 returns online to Revenue and Customs and print P60 certificates for employees. As with the monthly runs, this is simple, requiring you to fill in a checklist confirming values and employees and then submitting directly.

The good news is that as a web service, Payroll works equally well on Mac and iPad. We couldn’t say the same for the iPhone: the layout isn’t suitable for such a small screen, with buttons and tabs too difficult to reliably select.

Description: SageOne

While SageOne Payroll will work as a standalone application, it’s designed to complement its online accounts offering, SageOne Accounts. Like Payroll, this tenner- a-month service is aimed at small businesses with limited accounting experience and has easily of use in its favor. But it’s nowhere near as feature-rich as its rival FreeAgent (

At as little as £6 per month - and free until July - Payroll has cost, ease of use, and an excellent free support option in its favor. That makes it a compelling option for those with simple payroll needs.



$8/month inc VAT for up to five employees; $15 per month for up to ten; $23 per month for up to 15; free of charge until 1 July 2012





Mac or iOS device with a modern web browser


simple * inexpensive con limited features



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