Free Payroll Software

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HMRC have tested and recognised free payroll software for businesses with fewer than 10 employees. Consider which feature you would need and make sure the software you choose has those features.


Free Cloud Payroll, Free Cloud Bureau Payroll


PRimo Payroll with Auto Enrolment (to to 10 Employees)

Capium Payroll (up to 3 employees)

Small Payroll

RTI Lite

Basic PAYE Tools

IRIS Payroll Basics

Kashflow Payroll

Stansoft Linux

Get your business ready to employ ... follow our quick check list of things you need to think about in order to get it right when employing a member of staff:

  1. Decide what type of employee you need
    1. Do you need a full time worker or part time worker
    2. check the different types of employment status
  2. Can your business afford to take on a new employee/s
    1. do you know how much the minimal wage is
    2. Find out how much National Insurance you would need to pay for each employee
    3. check how much sick pay your employees are eligible for
    4. check how much you need to pay towards the employees pension
    5. check how much maternity leave you would need to pay your employees
    6. Check how much paternity leave you need to pay your employees
  3. Is your workplace safe and accessible for employees
    1. Prevention of discrimination
    2. Make your workplace accessbile and safe for disabled employees or health conditions
    3. Keeping employee information and data safe
    4. Fire safety
    5. Health and safety
    6. Employee checks
  4. Register as an employer and set up PAYE
    1. Register as an employer and set up PAYE
    2. Choose how to run payroll
    3. If you decide to run payroll yourself choose payroll software
  5. Check your responsibilities around workplace pensions
    1. Understand your pension responsibilities as an employer
  6. Get Employers' Liability insurance 
    1. Find out about employers Liability insurance
  7. Recruit and employ staff