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BrightPay Software


 

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.

 

BrightPay - Employee details
 
  • BrightPay - Employee details
    Employee details
  • BrightPay - Employee enrollment
    Employee enrollment
  • BrightPay - Pay slip
    Pay slip
  • BrightPay - Pension scheme
    Pension scheme
  • BrightPay - Reporting
    Reporting
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Windows 2000, Windows 8

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Christopher from Trident Honda
Specialty: Auto Dealership
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Great payroll software and not just for payroll bureaux

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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.

Advice to Others

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.

 
 

Mike from Hexham New Church
Specialty: Non-Profit
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

great software

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Very easy to learn and use. Straightforward and intuitive. Good reports. Does everything I could think of.

Pros

Easy to use. Does RTI easily. (Much easier than HMRC Basic PAYE Tools!)

Cons

not found anything in 2 years!

Advice to Others

Very flexible.

 
 

Hazel from Tuxford Methodist Church
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

February 2017

February 2017

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

Advice to Others

Give it a try .

 
 

Jonathan from BeaconSeek Ltd
Specialty: Telecommunications
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

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

 
 

Nisha from Oncall Care Service
Specialty: Healthcare / Medical
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2017

February 2017

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

 
 

Marcia from Rye Lane Baptist Chapel
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

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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.

Advice to Others

Try it. You won't be disappointed.

 
 

Michael from Eccleston & Hart Ltd
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Excellent Payroll Software

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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.

Advice to Others

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

 
 

Sarah from Heart of Gissing CIO
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

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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.

Advice to Others

I doubt if you will find better.

 
 

David from David Fowler, Accountants
Specialty: Accounting / CPA
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

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

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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.

Advice to Others

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 from Taylors Pitstop
Specialty: Auto Dealership
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Fantastic system

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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.

Advice to Others

Go for it!

 
 

Derek from 1st Choice Commercial Cleaning
Specialty: Other Services
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

CALCULATED HOLIDAY PAY

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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

 
 

Sandra from Farm Admin & Secretarial Services
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

So glad I changed to BrightPay

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As a self-employed Farm Bookkeeper/Secretary working for a number of businesses, I've used a couple of different payrolls over the years and recently came across BrightPay when looking for a payroll that dealt with pension auto-enrolment seamlessly with out costing a fortune, unlike the payroll program I was using. I found it relatively easy to change over midyear and have now converted several of the farms where I work. I initially talked to some of the BrightPay staff at a seminar for bookkeepers and they were very helpful; I've only had to contact the helpline once during conversion and they were brilliant. The online documentation and video tutorials are a great help, clear and easy to follow. I love the way you have a visual flag that the RTI and Pension return need to be sent - something that was easy to miss on my old software if you got interrupted by phone or someone coming into the office during the payroll run. Option for cloud backup so can access data from a different location and still run payroll if snowed in and can't get to the office!

Pros

Visual flag that RTI & Pension submissions need sending. Easy to use. Great value for money. Option for cloud backup so no worries about loosing data.

Cons

On fortnightly pay can only enter 1 x fortnightly figure - the staff are used to seeing 2 x weekly figure on payslip.

Advice to Others

If converting mid-year it takes a little longer to import data and check everything agrees than you think it will. If on weekly or fortnightly pay tie in conversion with tax month end.

 
 

Tomi Eni-Ibukun from RCCG Open Heavens Dundee
Specialty: Non-Profit
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Excellent product - does everything we need

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We're a small charity with only 2 employees, and needed payroll software that is easy to use. BrightPay ticked all the boxes - we use the free version because we're only 2 employees. When we downloaded it, I participated in the online training course (also free), as I'm not a trained HR or payroll person. We've now been using the software for over 6 months and have never had any issues. I've never even had to contact customer support - it's been so good.

 
 

Beate from Spirit In Stirrups Limited
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Brilliant Software for Small Businesses

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I'm a 'One-man-band' and BrightPay is a fantastic piece of software. It makes Pay Roll child's play every month. The customer service was superb and the representative talked me through the initial set-up process step by step. No matter how 'simple' my question may have been, I felt important and understood and definitely well looked after. I have recommended this product to all my business friends.

Advice to Others

Using this software couldn't be easier. Everything is self-explanatory really and the Telephone Customer Service is superb!

 
 

Noel from Noel Popplewell & Co
Specialty: Accounting / CPA
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

January 2017

January 2017

Comprehensive, simple and free.

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A comprehensive software that is simple to use. As a small employer, I think this is an excellent product and it is provided free of charge until you have more than three employees. Produces all the documents you will ever need and includes the online filing facility.

Pros

Free and simple to use

Cons

None

Advice to Others

Try for yourself.

 
 

Helen from Withyslade
Specialty: Agriculture
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

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At the moment I only have the free version but it has changed my life! It is so easy to use and I am hoping the auto-enrolment will be the same. My accountants have made out it is really complicated but from what I've managed to do so far it doesn't seem too bad!

Pros

Quick and easy. Tells you what to do

Cons

None so far

Advice to Others

I wish I had had this a few years ago.

 
 

Raymond from RS Motors
Specialty: Other Services
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

January 2017

January 2017

Very happy with payroll software

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I am new to real time paye and have found this to be perfect for my needs

Pros

Ease of use

Cons

" Newbies " to pay could do with an info page explaining how it all works

Advice to Others

Can highly recommend brightpay for your payroll needs

 
 

David from Atomic80 Limited
Specialty: Engineering
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

January 2017

January 2017

Payroll made easy

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I required something easy to get to grips with on starting my own business and a search on the HMRC website listed BrightPay as approved software. Reviews found on the internet were positive so I downloaded the software for a trial period. Never looked back.

Pros

Easy to use
Clear and concise
Connects easily with HMRC
Excellent rates for micro-businesses

Cons

None to date

Advice to Others

With a free trial period, what have you got to loose?

 
 

Tony from T & S Tree Surgeons
Specialty: Construction / Contracting
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

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My accountant recommended me to BrightPay I have 2 Employees and was being hounded by my previous payroll provider to buy additional addons that I neither wanted nor needed. Plus an expensive annual fee. I did the Pension webinar with BrightPay which enabled me to action pensions for my employees without any costly Third party involvement. My previous payroll provider wanted high amount for their version of the same thing. Since using BrightPay I have not had to use the free support it really is very simple to use. My accountant has helped with advice on a couple of minor issues at the beginning but that aside I would and have recommended this payroll package to anyone.

Pros

Its free for small employers and easy to use.

Cons

Can't think of anything as yet

Advice to Others

Try it

 
 

Kay from C&E Plant Sales Ltd
Specialty: Engineering
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Brightpay Software recommendation

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I have to say Brightpay is a fantastic piece of software, ease of use, everything you could need to do your Wages, RTI, Auto-enrolment, keeps you up to date with everything that's happening so you do not miss deadlines for reporting vital information to HMRC avoiding nasty fines. Simply the best by far as we are a small business and haven't the time or know how with all that's what, helpful knowledgeable staff to offer guidance to all.....Thanks, Brightpay for making wages and reporting somewhat less daunting.

Advice to Others

Highly recommend at least looking at the demos online and see how easy it is to use and all the facilities it offers, once you get going you would wonder why you used anything else.