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BrightPay is an on-premise payroll solution built for small businesses in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Features include flexible payment schedules, customisable additions and deductions and automated HMRC payments, among others.

The BrightPay user interface makes payroll simple by giving visual priority to common payroll tasks, such as finalizing and exporting payslips, and showing or hiding various features depending on their relevancy to the user. The platform also scales so users can run unlimited payments, additions and deductions for an unlimited number of employees. BrightPay’s flexibility also allows users to run multiple payment schedules at the same time.

Full support for qualifying pension schemes from the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST), NOW:Pensions, The People’s Pension and Scottish Widows is available in BrightPay. Once pension schemes are set up, employees can automatically enroll. Users can also process opt-out requests and issue contribution refunds.

BrightPay is compatible with any Windows computer and full HMRC recognition ensures calculations are completely accurate.


Alan Dean

Coreix Ltd

Director

Size:

11-50 employees

2017-04-25 11:37:34

Excellent Software that keeps on improving

5.0/5 Overall

Pros

Easy to use, powerful and constantly improving, significantly cheaper than Sage. We previously used Sage 50 Payroll and find this software to be significantly easier to use with no real training required to get everything working. All the main features we need are included and they have released newer features such as cloud employee self service in the last year which further improve things. Good support and overall highly recommended.

Cons

It would be nice to see the software fully in the cloud, but, that is really a wish for the future than a real complaint.

Mike Carter

Hexham New Church

Treasurer

Size:

2-10 employees

2017-04-14 15:02:32

So simple

5.0/5 Overall

Absolutely brilliant value.

Pros

Incredibly easy to use. I use the Mac version. After a year struggling using HMRC PAYE Tools this was a complete relief. Really quick and intuitive even for the novice at payroll. Easy reports. Very easy to send RTI reports to HMRC. Customer support very good via email.

Cons

Obvious help or a help button while using Brightpay is missing. However there are hints, and I have found a good help section on the website.

Daryl Griffiths

Burnett Barker Solicitors Limited

CEO

Size:

11-50 employees

2017-04-10 04:24:41

Brightpay Review

5.0/5 Overall

We've been using BrightPay for over 2 years now for our 30+ employee payroll, having switched from Sage Payroll which we'd been using for 10-15 years. We have had no reason whatsoever to rethink that decision and have been really impressed with BrightPay.

Pros

- pensions included as standard - cost - look and feel - multiple users included - online employee portal add-on

Nigel Gerrett

Tonbridge Chambers Limited

Director

Size:

2-10 employees

2017-04-05 03:33:06

The only software for anything that I ever recommend.

5.0/5 Overall

The only software for anything that I ever recommend.

Pros

Easy to use and very quick.

Cons

None.

Eileen Clout

Aardvark Consulting

Finance Manager

Size:

2-10 employees

2017-04-04 10:34:44

Excellent Product for the money

5.0/5 Overall

I have used this product for some time now and find it easily compares with Sage for a fraction of the price and the support is both excellent and free. The product is very user friendly and I would highly recommend it.

Pros

Easy to use and report design is so simple to do

Cons

No ability to add in half day holidays

Peter Smith

Long Stratton Day Centre

Chairman

Size:

1 employee

2017-04-04 09:46:03

Excelent product

5.0/5 Overall

I have been using it for about 3 years. We are a small charity with 1/2 employees. The fact that it is free to small users is a big bonus. We could not afford a paid product.

Pros

Does what it says on the tin.

Cons

None

Alan Ogston

Ogstons Chartered Accountants

Sole Practitioner

Size:

1 employee

2017-04-04 07:21:22

Excellent Product

5.0/5 Overall

Pros

Clear and easy to use for novices. Easy to file RTI monthly returns. Ability to process reports, payslips etc in .pdf form for emailing a great saver in time, stationery and postage.

Cons

Not found any yet, in 4 years. I had used other programs previously but this is the best to date!

Richard Lawn

St Peter's Church, Colchester

Treasurer

Size:

2-10 employees

2017-04-04 06:48:40

BrightPay Review

5.0/5 Overall

This is an attractive, easy to use, piece of Payroll software.

Pros

It's free, ability to see and save RTI message in XML, neat GUI, easy backup, automatic updates.

Cons

None that I can think of.

John Mayor

John R.Mayor FCA

Chartered Accountant

Size:

1 employee

2017-04-04 03:18:23

Free version

5.0/5 Overall

I only have clients with one or two employees and once set up the operation of the system is extremely fast. It is possible to calculate wages and submit them to HMRC in less than 10 seconds.

Pros

Speed and ease of operation. Friendly and helpful staff when phoning.

Cons

The free version is only available for one client which at my end of the market means that it is not cost effective to have a bureau licence. I would suggest that the free version should cover, say, a maximum of 3 clients with 3 staff or less or even consider a "small bureau" licence in the region of, say £60 + Vat for this.

Mary Spicer

R&R Metals Ltd

Company secretary

Size:

2-10 employees

2017-04-04 03:00:31

Amazingly Brightpay!!

5.0/5 Overall

I absolutely cannot say enough how good this is- I panicked with auto enrolment after using basic tools for years - I tried various other payroll software and found them complicated and even more stressful - Brightpay was a breeze and I love it and cannot recommend it enough- my only regret is not having used it a long time ago - Brightpay is my friend!!!!!

Pros

Ease of use, no complicated drivel! I found it so user friendly!!

Cons

Nothing!!

Christopher Roberts

Trident Honda

Finance Director

Size:

51-200 employees

2017-02-22 11:14:30

Great payroll software and not just for payroll bureaux

5.0/5 Overall

As a motor dealership with around 80 staff, in multiple departments - sales, service, parts, forecourt, admin and accounts, our payroll is fairly complicated. We were previously using a bureau but wanted to bring our payroll back in-house. We were able to import our employees and payroll data and the whole process has been much more straightforward than expected. You'd think it would be hard to love payroll software, but it really is a delight to use.

Pros

Incredible value for money. Beautifully written. Fully featured, with RTI and Auto-enrolment. Ability to email payslips or use a cloud self-service portal. Ability to email pension letters. Built in report writer.

Cons

Too easy to change addition/deduction descriptions and then the reporting doesn't include them. No nominal journal available, although the comprehensive reporting makes that a minor issue. Some features are hard-coded to the minimum legal levels - e.g. holiday pay, so it is difficult if you are a generous employer.

A Word of Advice

If you want to report on additions and deductions, you seem to have to create them and make them available to all employees and be very careful not to change description during payroll input.

Hazel Liddle

Tuxford Methodist Church

Treasurer

Size:

1 employee

2017-02-13 06:07:35

brightpay review

5.0/5 Overall

Would recommend Brightpay to everyone, so easy to use. Have no problems with the product

Pros

Peace of mind .

A Word of Advice

Give it a try .

Jonathan Higgins

BeaconSeek Ltd

Director

Size:

2-10 employees

2017-02-13 02:42:29

Mr

5.0/5 Overall

For micro businesses, this software covers all the bases - and it's free for a small number of employees!

Nisha Soman

Oncall Care Service

Director

Size:

51-200 employees

2017-02-12 13:11:10

Bright Pay Review

5.0/5 Overall

I am using this software for last 2 years. I highly recommend this software. Easy use

Marcia Cooke

Rye Lane Baptist Chapel

Treasurer

Size:

2-10 employees

2017-02-10 06:38:48

Bright Pay New User

5.0/5 Overall

I used the free payroll software previously offered by HMRC, however when he new regulations regarding pensions came into play I had to source an alternative for our charity. I am very pleased with my choice which offers many features and reports that make my task so much less onerous.

Pros

Layout, availability of options and reports.

Cons

The reports were not that easy to locate at first.

A Word of Advice

Try it. You won't be disappointed.

Michael Eccleston

Eccleston & Hart Ltd

MD

Size:

11-50 employees

2017-02-10 04:48:41

Excellent Payroll Software

5.0/5 Overall

An excellent package with fast, friendly support.

Pros

Easy to use and adaptable to our requirements

Cons

Pity there is not a Linux version but at least Apple is supported. I use this software within a VM in Linux.

A Word of Advice

I would recommend this rather than any other well known brands, due to the friendly none autocratic support.

Sarah Willett

Heart of Gissing CIO

Treasurer

Size:

2-10 employees

2017-02-09 09:48:57

Easy to use

5.0/5 Overall

I have to run a payroll for a very small charity as a volunteer. I need it to be very easy and fast to use and it must provide me with all the information I may need. I selected BrightPay, as I liked the name and the appearance of the website. With no experience to call on I had to feel positive about the product, I went for. I was correct and it has been so simple to use and when a problem has arisen I have got prompt support and the problem has been solved. I also took the webinar on Auto-Enrolment which has stopped me being apprehensive of dealing with that topic next autumn.

Pros

Quick and easy to use with a great support team if they are needed to give prompt advice.

Cons

I honestly have not found anything yet.

A Word of Advice

I doubt if you will find better.

David Fowler

David Fowler, Accountants

Accountant

Size:

2-10 employees

2017-02-08 05:55:57

Best value Payroll Software we have had in 20 years of practice

5.0/5 Overall

Simple and straightforward to install and use [unlike many of the larger competitors] it contains the majority of functions required by most payroll departments. It is so easy to add extra payments or deductions without lots of messing and links. There are so many facilities It would take a week to list them all. A brilliant top value pack.

Pros

Everything is built in - it is so easy to use There is no charge for charities and super small businesses that wish to run their own payroll.

Cons

I can't think of any problems - they have all been ironed out over the past few years.

A Word of Advice

If you want an easy straightforward piece of kit, this is the one to go for. Whether you are a 1-man-band or a large corporate it should handle your requirements. Well worth consideration.

Valerie Oakes

Taylors Pitstop

Accounts/Payroll Administrator

Size:

11-50 employees

2017-02-07 05:12:28

Fantastic system

5.0/5 Overall

This system is so easy to use, the support if needed is fantastic. Although initially, I didn't use it to its full potential (holiday calendar). I am finding this very useful and so easy.

Pros

Everything.

Cons

Nothing.

A Word of Advice

Go for it!

Derek Johnston

1st Choice Commercial Cleaning

Sole Trader

Size:

11-50 employees

2017-02-04 05:18:47

CALCULATED HOLIDAY PAY

4.0/5 Overall

THE CALENDER DOES NOT CALCULATE TRUE HOLIDAY PAY FOR EMPLOYEES NOT WORKING A FULL YEAR OR STARTING OR FINISHING BEFORE THE YEAR END EXAMPLE WILMA SCOTT AN EMPLOYEE WORKS PART TIME 4 DAYS PER WEEK HER EMPLOYMENT START DATE WAS 17TH AUGUST 2016 HER EMPLOYMENT ENDED ON 22ND JANUARY 2017 COMPANY HOLIDAYS RUN FROM 6TH APRIL EACH YEAR EMPLOYMENT LENTH 22 WEEKS NO MATTER What YOU CLICK ON THE CALENDER IT SHOWS HER AS HAVEING 22.4 DAYS HOLIDAY MANUALly I HAVE CALCULATED SHE IS ENTITLED TO .43 DAYS HOLIDAY PER WEEK AS SHE HAS WORKED FOR AROUND 22 WEEKS THE CALENDER SHOULD SHOW HER DAYS ENTITLED TO AS 9.69DAYS FOR THE PERIOD OF TIME SHE WAS EMPLOYED

Pros

Easy to use Good support Good value for money

Cons

DOES NOT CALCULATE TRUE HOLIDAY ENTITLEMENT

Supported operating system(s):

Windows 7Windows VistaWindows XPMac OSWindows 2000Windows 8