We used Sage for years but gave up after year end 2013 - the only time you need Sage cover and it took 2.5 hours to get answered. On accountants recommendation changed to Payroll Master £60. I find it very much easier than Sage.
The best payroll by far, online,access all times, no updates,employees get emailed wage slips and account. RTI sorted, reports more than you ever need,great value. This program has kept me right, in control and on the right side of HMRC, after the investigation....
ableinternetpayroll.com couldn't recommend it enough.
I absolutely hated sage payroll. I honestly couldn't accurate convey my dislike of that product accurately without risking a ban.
I found out in the end that the best software for us was no software! I now email the details to a payroll agency once a month and get everything back next day. Absolutely painless, costs me about £4 per head and I don't have to deal with Sage or pay for their software updates.