Payroll Software - recommendations ?


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¬ David ¬

We are currently using Tas Payroll for processing several small payrolls
(all <100 employees).

It was originally good value but since its acquisition by Sage the
maint/support pricing has over doubled for an inferior service - we expect
to be advised and supplied with updates and not have to monitor a website
for downloads.

We have therefore decided to consider other options.

Any recommendations please for :

Multi-company (all less than 100 employees)

Not too concened about it being multi-user - we currently use a dedicated PC

CIS payments to contractors would be a nice facility (TAS currently doesn't
handle this so we process manually)

Realistic maintenance fees for updates (TAS is currently £500)

TIA
 
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FJ

Have you tried Sage Payroll? We user the bureau version in our office and
the support is excellent, updates etc. all arrive exactly when required. The
cost for the standalone version for up to 100 employees is £350 p.a. and the
cover (legislative updates etc.) are the same price.

FJ.
 
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Angus Nicolson

PAYEMaster from IRIS is effective, easy to use, reliable and inexpensive.

Angus
 
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Slartibartfast

¬ David ¬ said:
We are currently using Tas Payroll for processing several small payrolls
(all <100 employees).

It was originally good value but since its acquisition by Sage the
maint/support pricing has over doubled for an inferior service - we expect
to be advised and supplied with updates and not have to monitor a website
for downloads.
I used TAS Payroll since its inception, but changed for the same reasons
as you.

I now use Moneysoft Payroll Manager. It is very different from TAS, and
in some ways looks quite primitive, but while some TAS features are
missing, in other ways it is easier to use. I've had good support from
them, and the annual cost of the software for my two businesses is
around half of what TAS had hiked their prices up to.

The other good point about it is that you can have it on trial. I used
it side-by-side with TAS for about three months before deciding to
switch.
 
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hywel

We use Sage Payroll and very good it is too. It handles all the areas
you want except CIS - we JNC's CIS Manager 50 for that.

Hywel
 
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Slartibartfast

hywel said:
We use Sage Payroll and very good it is too. It handles all the areas
you want except CIS - we JNC's CIS Manager 50 for that.
But isn't it even more expensive than TAS Payroll?
 
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Doug Ramage

¬ David ¬ said:
We are currently using Tas Payroll for processing several small payrolls
(all <100 employees).

It was originally good value but since its acquisition by Sage the
maint/support pricing has over doubled for an inferior service - we expect
to be advised and supplied with updates and not have to monitor a website
for downloads.

We have therefore decided to consider other options.

Any recommendations please for :

Multi-company (all less than 100 employees)

Not too concened about it being multi-user - we currently use a dedicated PC

CIS payments to contractors would be a nice facility (TAS currently doesn't
handle this so we process manually)

Realistic maintenance fees for updates (TAS is currently £500)

TIA
There is a review of about 6 Payroll software progams in Computer Shopper
(August 2004) magazine.
 
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hywel

Slartibartfast said:
But isn't it even more expensive than TAS Payroll?
Sage website lists full single company version at £250 and Instant
Payroll at £84.25. I am afraid I don't know the price of TAS.
 
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jd

hywel said:
"Slartibartfast" <slarti@celynnen.FJORDSdemon.co.uk> wrote in message

Sage website lists full single company version at £250 and Instant
Payroll at £84.25. I am afraid I don't know the price of TAS.
That's for 1 company < 50 employees

We need >100 multi-co version for <100 employees - Sage have quoted £3,875
for initial licence plus similar annual update fees
 
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Peter Saxton

That's for 1 company < 50 employees

We need >100 multi-co version for <100 employees - Sage have quoted £3,875
for initial licence plus similar annual update fees
It's always worth asking for a discount. Sage might be happy to give
the program away and make money on technical support and upgrades.
 
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jd

Peter Saxton said:
It's always worth asking for a discount. Sage might be happy to give
the program away and make money on technical support and upgrades.

Hi Peter - thanks for the thoughts

Tried similar to that ... Nooo Nooooooo Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! and
thrice nOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!! woz the answer .......... (u r not
surprised by that ...??)

Some clients are only 2 or 3 employees per month and many are <15 - so the
balance of fees/costs are very important (I know - we could do manual but
that defeats the whole object) - we are a very young practice so even if we
don't make *big* profits we at least need to cover costs.

We would be sad to withdraw service but there must be a solution ....
 
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Peter Saxton

Hi Peter - thanks for the thoughts

Tried similar to that ... Nooo Nooooooo Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! and
thrice nOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!! woz the answer .......... (u r not
surprised by that ...??)

Some clients are only 2 or 3 employees per month and many are <15 - so the
balance of fees/costs are very important (I know - we could do manual but
that defeats the whole object) - we are a very young practice so even if we
don't make *big* profits we at least need to cover costs.

We would be sad to withdraw service but there must be a solution ....
100 clients is less than 40 pounds each tho.
 
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FJ

Speak to your account manager again, we have a similar service with up to
100 companies all less 100 employees, our bill for last year was about £800.
Sage can be negotiated with very easily.

FJ.
 

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