Sage Payroll Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Sage Payroll

Cloud-based payroll management solution for small businesses

3.59/5 (49 reviews)

Sage Payroll overview

Sage One Payroll is a cloud-based employee payroll management solution for startups and small & mid-sized businesses with less than five hundred employees. The software helps businesses manage their payroll operations and related accounting activities. The solution can be accessed via web-browser on any type of internet-enabled device.

Sage One Payroll helps businesses record earnings and deductions of their employees and generates periodic as well as ad-hoc payroll reports in multiple formats such as PDF, Excel, and Word. The solution automatically calculates all the statutory amounts including UIF, SDL, and PAYE for determining net salary due for each employee on payday. The solution enables businesses to manage payroll legislations and comply with SARS requirements. Sage One Payroll supports EMP501 reporting standards for generating tax reports and other financial documents.

Sage One Payroll supports logins for multiple users as well. The solution allows central administrators to define roles and permissions for each user and supports role-based access restrictions. The solution calculates pay slip values in real-time and ensures that employees can view their latest pay slips and leave balances. The interactive dashboard lets users drill down and monitor every transaction and cash flow.

Sage One Payroll offers smooth integration with Sage One Accounting for managing complete financial operations. Sage offer a 30-day free trial period and full customer support via phone, email and live chat.


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Sage Payroll reviews

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Margaret Spiers

Review of Sage One

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-10-06
Review Source: Software Advice

We really liked how simple Sage have made this software, they must have used different developers than the Sage 50 developers! We also liked the VAT handling, top marks for that.Sage One is extremely basic and fairly straight forward to use. The software is a no frills solution and is stripped down to bare bones. For instance, there are no nominal codes and no transactions list (audit trail) etc. The terminology is also very user friendly so that non-professionals and users without bookkeeping experience can understand it better. The website has a mediocre design but the design of the accounting software itself was actually very good, better than the website’s design, which is unusual! Speed: The speed of the actual accounting software is fast but entering transactions is not. For example, entering cash book (banking) transactions has three steps which seemed a bit overkill in our opinion. Also the places for entering sales receipts, purchase payments and bank transfers were spread out throughout the software which meant that it coule be time consuming if you have a mixture of transactions to enter.

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Kim Price

So easy to use

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-05-25
Review Source: Capterra

Allows us to easily do payroll for 25 people in-house and avoid an expensive service.Very easy, smooth processing, zero issues in 5+ years. Easy to reach help if something needs changing or updating and changes are made within minutes (changing rate plan, updating bank draft info, etc)

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Jonathan Teron

Beneficial Software

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-10-10
Review Source: Software Advice

Sage software makes our job more easier and convenient since it can be access through mobile phones and fax which is very useful in our corporate that have a numerous number of branches, and make it possible to check ledgers any time even out of working hours. It also covers all payroll processing and taxation duties with expanded range of reports including general ledger.

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Tim Bryan

Cloud based payroll program that gets the job done

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-04-10
Review Source: Capterra

This cloud based program lets us do our payroll and keep track of time in an easy enough to use platform. Since this is geared towards small and medium sized businesses it was perfect for us. It allows us to pay with direct deposit, paycards, and company checks which is very convenient for us. Overall this program is great at doing what it needs to do.

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Andrea Niessen

Sage 50 Payroll

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-08-21
Review Source: Software Advice

At home I do prefer Brightpay ( we've got only e employees and two/three sub-contractors); Sage seems to be the software for payroll when you got more than 20 employees. I wish Sage would let me know that wages or pension needs to be submitted to HMRC (which brightpay does). Using it for over 10 years now; there is nothing I don't know about sage payroll by now. Pension module is easy to use, all necessary correspondents is saved in the individual employees file on Sage.

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Sage Payroll pricing

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Starting from $49.95/user/month.

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Sage Payroll features

Activity Dashboard
Compliance Management
Employee Portal
Real Time Reporting

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Applicant Tracking (212 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (290 other apps)
Automatic Reminders (184 other apps)
Customizable Branding (217 other apps)
Customizable Reporting (204 other apps)
Data Import/Export (202 other apps)
Employee Database (155 other apps)
Employee Management (246 other apps)
Employee Onboarding (159 other apps)
Employee Self Service (185 other apps)
Recruiting Management (179 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (260 other apps)
Third Party Integration (216 other apps)
Time & Attendance Tracking (163 other apps)

Additional information for Sage Payroll

Key features of Sage Payroll

  • Leave management
  • Integration with Sage One Accounting
  • Accounting
  • Daily backup
  • SARS compliant
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Pre-defined report templates
  • ACB payments
  • Email payslips
  • Self service portal
  • Financial analysis
  • Financial history
  • Online payroll management
  • In app support notifications
  • Real time reporting
  • Secure data storage
  • 256-bit encryption
  • Live dashboard
  • Tax management
  • Multiple format support
  • Deduction management
  • List printing
  • Remote access to financial records & payslips
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• Sage One Payroll is a complete SARS compliant accounting solution that helps businesses generate financial reports in SDL, UIF, PAYE and IRP5s standards for reporting and auditing.

• Sage One Payroll supports pay as you go models and offers multi-user functionalities that allow businesses to add new users as the demand grows.

• Sage One Payroll is a web-based solution that lets users access financial records and payslips from anywhere, avoiding installation costs.

• The solution automatically upgrades employees to the latest tax brackets, leave regulations and other financial regulations to ensure compliance with new policies.

• Sage offers daily data backups with 256-bit data encryption to ensure every payroll record and document stored in the cloud is secure and safe.