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Payroll update

We’re making great progress with the integration of full payroll into Xero for our Australian customers. All going to plan we’re hoping to launch this in late April. Yay!

As part of the transition we’ll also be including Paycycle in your Xero subscription from 01 March. For a small number of customers who currently use both Xero and Paycycle, an upgrade to another Xero pricing plan may be needed.

This is because each Xero plan will allow for a different number of payroll employees, and on the Large plan you also get automated super payments.

The good news is that even if you need to upgrade, most customers will pay less than when you subscribed to each application separately.

Shortly we’ll be contacting everyone who uses both Xero and Paycycle to explain exactly what the changes will mean for you and next steps.

If you’re an accountant or bookkeeper and keen to see a preview of the integrated Payroll, be sure to register for our nationwide roadshow.

Or if you’re keen to try Paycycle in the lead up to it becoming integrated Payroll in Xero go here.

Not long now!

 

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27 comments

Aiman
15 February 2012 #

So jealous for Australian people:( Hope in the future it will include Global user such as in Malaysia.

Andrew
15 February 2012 #

I hope this makes it to NZ one day :-)

David Patterson
15 February 2012 #

This is very exciting. Cant wait for it to be fully integrated

Zane
15 February 2012 #

Agreed I hope we see this NZ. Im kind of surprised to see the aussie version progressing faster than the original nz one?

Anthony Wardley
15 February 2012 #

The payroll looked great at the Newcastle Roadshow. Really looking forward to getting in an using it.

jenny
16 February 2012 #

Hi,
Are National Bank feeds down as none of yesterdays transactions have shown up?
Thanks

Jamie
16 February 2012 #

Can’t wait to see something like Paycycle on the go here in NZ. I have eager clients wanting the simplicity of an accounting/payroll all rolled into one – plus the added ease of reconciling and coding all those wage lines!!!!! I would have several immediate sign ups!!!!

Accountancy
16 February 2012 #

Woo Hoo!!!

Joshua Oliver
16 February 2012 #

Hey,

I’m using both, but with different email addresses, will I still get notified?

Stuart McLeod
16 February 2012 #

Hi @Joshua,

Yes. As long as your accounts are synchronised, won’t be a problem.

Stuart McLeod
16 February 2012 #

Hi @Jenny,

I’ve no idea, I’m just the payroll guy!! But you can always check http://blog.xero.com/bank-feed-status/ for an update

Rod Drury
16 February 2012 #

Hi @Andrew and @Jamie, as mentioned before we have no plans to do Payroll in NZ. We have a simple PayRun feature in the NZ version of Xero and a number of specialist Payroll partners that integrate with Xero http://www.xero.com/accounting-software/payroll

Cheers

Rod

Steve
16 February 2012 #

Not very encouraging to hear that you not planning an integrated payroll in NZ, integrated partners just don’t cut it! Sorry.

Rosemary Francis
16 February 2012 #

I’m with @Steve. What’s the logic behind that decision?

Zane
16 February 2012 #

Im with Steve and Rosemary, if it can be done in Aussie why not NZ?

Stephen
16 February 2012 #

@Rod, Completely with @Zane, @Rosemary and @Steve would hugely benefit from having a full payroll as part of Xero in NZ.

Chris
17 February 2012 #

It’s a bit sad to see NZ customers getting the shaft here. I know the logic – protecting your partner relationships etc, but keep in mind that this is at the expense of your NZ consumers.

Ben
17 February 2012 #

I fear that not bringing this sort of integrated payroll to NZ users is the start of Xero abandoning NZ users and focusing more on delivering a better product for users in countries that have a larger potential customer base eg Australia & USA.

Zane
17 February 2012 #

I fully agree with these posts, i think if Xero seriously want accounting firms to move all their clients onto Xero so we can be “modern practices” then there should be a bit more focus from them into finishing off the NZ product. Obviously It has great potential. Add ons are all well and good but I feel Xero dont understand how much harder it is telling people they need three separate subscriptions to have an accounting system that does payroll and inventory. The current pay run feature is a waste of time and just a hassle to have to tell our clients “no, it isnt what you think”. Im sure the time spent on developing that might have been better spent on something useful like budgeting against tracking codes which i hope isnt far away.

Guy Pearson
17 February 2012 #

Stuart,

Thanks for the update, our customers will be extremely happy to see this .

As for the bad sentiments, NZ has always had choices as Xero’s ecosystem and new addons spawn in NZ (or have done historically). You guys always get the best stuff (i.e. Tax included in Workflow Max) first. As somewhat of an early adopter, it was a massive struggle early on and we made it!

My suggestion… Why not focus on the fact that Xero is going forward and we’re ahead of the global pack! It is a global market. Embrace it!

Cheers.
Guy

Ryan Sanders
17 February 2012 #

This is exciting news! Will the Paycycle API still be available or will the Xero API be extended to include the integrated payroll?

We’d love to integrate our HR software with Xero for our growing Australian customer base.

Stuart McLeod
17 February 2012 #

Hi @Chris, et al,

As ex Paycycler from Australia and now GM of Payroll for Xero, let me say that we are not a company that shafts anyone. It just doesn’t work like that. The nature of payroll in Australia and the purchase of Paycycle mid last year means that our heads are down and our bums are up completing the integration of the payroll product in to Xero for Australia. Even though we look forward to releasing this in the next few months, by no means does the work stop there. We have at least several more months work before we feel that everything is up to the extremely high standards that we’ve come to expect from Xero.

I understand that this debate will continue, and we’d never say never, but until we’re absolutely sure that Australia is operating as best as it possibly can be, we simply don’t have the resources to address payroll anywhere else.

Cheers,

Stuart.

Dave
17 February 2012 #

The reason Australia got an integrated payroll is simple. MYOB SME product has had an integrated payroll for as long as I can remember. Any new kid on the block (i.e. Xero) who wants to take a bite out of the MYOB market share needs to have a integrated payroll to even be looked at as a conversion option, you are never going to move to a product with fewer features/modules. MYOB SME has never had an integrated payroll in NZ, it has always been an add-on. While NZ xero users may feel “shafted” Xero have simply rightly or wrongly extended the status quo.

Cheers
Dave

Kelly Migro
19 February 2012 #

This is great news and so many of my clients will love getting their invoices next month getting the same great products cheaper! Xero is becoming more and more marketable to small business.

Stuart McLeod
20 February 2012 #

Hi @Ryan,

The Paycycle API will stay as is for a while, until we can integrate it back in to the Xero API. Check out http://www.paycycle.com.au/api. I’ve caught up with Ben from your office, and he’s got a good handle on everything.

Cheers,

Stuart.

Michael Nayan
27 March 2012 #

Any feature overview for April release? I really wish tracking can be integrated in pay runs.

Reid
5 June 2012 #

Would like to change from Cash Manager Online to Xero as I am sure many other rural clients would, but lack of “Paycycle feature” only deterrent.

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