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Filters & super in Australian payroll update

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Our product roadmap for Payroll in Xero is gaining momentum in Australia. Today we’ve released a couple of new features that make it easier to manage employees and their pay runs.

Bringing on a new staff member just before pay day and getting all their info to pay them can be a challenge. Now, if you don’t have their superannuation details it’s no problem, just add these in later and any historical pay runs will be updated. Even better, if you’re setup with automatic superannuation payments the accrued funds can be paid over when the super provider details are added.

The new filters in the Employees screen also make it easier to view active and ex-staff separately. If you work in an industry with high staff turnover this will make pay day much more pleasant.

Coming soon

One of the biggest requests we’ve had is for employee timesheets. These are well underway and will be released soon. Here’s a sneak peek in the meantime:

Check out the Help Centre for more detail on these latest updates.

If there’s anything else you’d like to see in Payroll, login to Xero Community and vote for your favourite features.


Elizabeth Salter
October 23, 2012 at 11.34 am

Wonderful stuff! Love both of these new features. Really looking forward to employee timesheets!

Veronica Wilson
October 23, 2012 at 11.47 am

Just gets better and better!!

October 23, 2012 at 1.17 pm

We’ve love if timesheets could be logged against a quote, but obviously that starts to get into Project Management territory. WorkflowMax integration perhaps :p

Stuart McLeod in reply to Morgan
October 23, 2012 at 1.24 pm

Thanks for your feedback guys.

@Morgan, I’ve been developing timesheets for a long time, and time billing is a little way off, but I’ve never seen people allocate time against a quote! Don’t suppose it’s impossible though. Perhaps put it in our community feature requests?

Cassandra Scott
October 23, 2012 at 2.47 pm

Well done Xero – if we could get WorkflowMax timesheets feeding into Xero timesheets (for employees who are paid by the hour rather than on salary), it would be a huge timesaver. Currently, for employees paid by the hour, its a pain having to manually move the data from WFM to Xero. **pretty pretty please?**

Stuart McLeod in reply to Cassandra Scott
October 23, 2012 at 3.50 pm

Hi @Cassandra,

We’re doing some rebuilding work on the payroll API at the moment. Once that is done, we’ll work through all the integration possibilities with the WfM guys in Auckland.

Paul Jordan
October 23, 2012 at 6.22 pm

I have been looking forward to the release of “time sheets” in Xero, but it looks like initially it still won’t do what I have been used to in MyOB. Is there any likelihood that Xero will be able to record employee hours against a job and an”activity”?

Stuart McLeod in reply to Paul Jordan
October 23, 2012 at 6.34 pm

Hi @Paul, I think you require multiple levels of what we call tracking in a timesheet. We’ll definitely look at this when we come to time billing but at the moment we only allow for time to be accrued against one level of tracking category. If you have employees that are always just doing 1 project, then you can put them in an employee group, and the result in the draft invoice will be 2 levels of tracking against the P&L and Balance Sheet. What we probably won’t do though is linking the second level of tracking against the first. I imagine that would be out of scope, and a third party app would be the way to go.



Charles Klvana
October 24, 2012 at 2.14 am

Looks great, certainly a few clients will be using the timesheets when finalised. Any word on the payroll report redesign to Xero style? ESPECIALLY the option to STAR/FAVOURITE the payroll reports? Having to go into reports, and then click on the payroll activity report is a pain, when I can favourite my other majorly used reports!?!

Stuart McLeod in reply to Charles Klvana
October 24, 2012 at 11.01 am

Hi @Charles, we’re currently working on rebuilding all our payroll reports to bring them right in to line with the lovely reports that are elsewhere in Xero. Look out for this next year.

Melissa North
October 24, 2012 at 6.43 pm

LOVE THIS! Can’t wait until jobsheets are integrated….??? 😉

Maria Kalinowski
October 25, 2012 at 8.22 am

Love these new features and can’t wait for new payroll reports.

October 25, 2012 at 8.39 pm

This is a great start but we’ll really need time billing and tracking against projects, tasks and budgets for it to be much use for us. It would be great if it could update the timesheets from Freshbooks in the interim…

Stuart McLeod in reply to Chris
October 26, 2012 at 2.37 pm

@Chris, this is the step in quite a journey towards time billing. I understand that this doesn’t work for you today, and probably won’t for quite some time, but rest assured we are working on it. In the mean time we’re looking to support MYOB activity slips early next year, and there’s no reason we can’t look at importing from Freshbooks. By all means, add it to our feature requests so we get a view of the number of customers that might utilise such a feature.

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