Why are people switching to BrightPay Payroll Software?

Ah Spring, I can just taste it in the air, can’t you? The sun is shining, the days are longer and with Spring comes the good ol’ annual spring clean. Personally, my apartment is gleaming - but that’s also due to lockdown induced cabin fever. In any case, it’s also a good time to spring clean your business and look at what you can do to make your life a little easier. Coupled with the approach of the new tax year, what better time to look at your payroll processes and see how they can be improved.

But where to even start? Well, luckily I’ve done all the hard work for you and can confidently recommend BrightPay Payroll Software as the perfect fit for all your payroll needs. So let me tell you a few of the many reasons why customers are switching to BrightPay.

Let’s start off with the basics. Payroll software can tend to be clunky and dated but not BrightPay who is definitely ‘the cool mom’ of the payroll world. BrightPay is totally modernised and user-friendly. Even those who have no experience with payroll have commended it on how easy it is to use due to its modern interface and usability.

Not only that but the software is inherently intuitive and forgiving which adds to its ease of use. For example, when sending your payroll journals to your accounting software, you only need to do the nominal ledger mapping once and the software will remember this action for next time. Your monthly reports, once set up initially, can then be re-run with current payroll dates easily. On top of that, you can go back on any pay period and rectify any mistakes that have been made - we’re all human after all!

As for furlough, BrightPay has absolutely killed it this year in terms of helping customers process their CJRS grants and subsequent furlough payments. BrightPay has an in-house software development team who are lightning quick to respond to any changes in the payroll world and create solutions. The CJRS feature basically automated the process of calculating furlough payments and was so successful that the company won a COVID Hero Award for their efforts. But this adaptability is indicative of just how good BrightPay are in dealing with any obstacles that come your way.

Another reason why people are making the switch is thanks to everyone's favourite impending migraine, aka the upcoming IR35 reforms which come into effect in April this year. Under the new rules, any external contractors will have to be registered as employees for tax purposes. As they’re not technically employees, these off-payroll workers are not entitled to various employee entitlements, such as statutory pay, auto enrolment contributions, and holiday pay. This is proving an administrative nightmare but luckily, BrightPay allows users to simply disable these benefits for contractors who are ‘inside IR35’ at the click of a button.

Likewise, under the CIS (Construction Industry Scheme), contractors may be required to make a deduction from a subcontractor’s payments which is then passed to HMRC. BrightPay includes a full CIS module which allows you to add all subcontractor types, including companies, trusts, sole traders and partnerships to your payroll. Payments can be processed on a weekly and/or monthly basis, and subcontractors can be paid a basic gross pay, hourly pay or daily pay. With many payroll software providers, this is normally an additional add-on, but BrightPay offers it at no extra cost!

Another excellent feature that BrightPay offers is Batch Operations which allows users to batch process the payroll for several clients at the same time, which is particularly useful to bureau users. This feature enables you to process or perform a task such as finalising payslips, send outstanding RTI and CIS submissions for multiple employees at the same time all at the click of a button.

Pretty compelling right? But it’s such a headache making the switch, isn’t it? Not with BrightPay who offer migration assistance for those who have seen the light and are ready to make the switch. Not only that but they also run a weekly webinar on how to switch to BrightPay. Trust me, this will be the biggest favour you do for yourself other than getting the vaccine and buying that extra bottle of wine in your weekly shop.

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Written by Aoibheann Byrne | BrightPay Payroll Software

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