Make payroll more profitable with Xero Payroll

Xero shaves hours off the time it takes to manage payroll, pensions and accounts for small business clients.

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Less clicks. More time saved.

Manage pay runs, pensions and compliance with ease
Process pay runs, submit the right information to HMRC and comply with any mandatory workplace pension duties – all in a few clicks.

Save time on admin
Our market-leading portal and mobile app lets employees submit timesheets and leave requests from their PC, Mac or mobile device – all you need to do is review and approve.

Say goodbye to journal entries
Since Xero Payroll is seamlessly integrated into the accounts, there’s no more need to post journal entries, saving you time and reducing errors.

Stay in control
Approve requests and view payslips from any computer or mobile device. Review and send pay and pensions contributions in just a few clicks.

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Getting started is easy

Xero Payroll is free for your practice

To use Xero Payroll for your own practice, log in to your Xero practice organisation, and go to the Payroll tab. Xero Payroll is available as a benefit of the partner programme.

If you hold the Xero subscription for your client

Simply log in to Xero, go to your client’s subscription and add payroll to account. 

If your client holds the Xero subscription

Advise your client to log in to Xero, go to their subscription and add payroll to their account. Then follow these steps to set up payroll for your client.

“ With Xero versus Sage, you’ll save 7.5 to 12 minutes per average client – that’s a huge chunk of time. It means we can service more clients without having to take on more staff.”

David Hassall
Managing Director, DH Business Support

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Pricing and partner programme points


Easy pricing

Clients who are new to Xero can use payroll as part of their 30-day free trial.

For existing Xero clients:
Add Xero Payroll to any business edition plan
First three months free for up to five payroll employees (usually £5 per month)
£1.00 per month for each additional employee


Get rewarded

Earn partner points with Xero Payroll to reach the next status level faster. You’ll gain 1.5 points for every invited-in paid org that uses payroll and 1 point for every partner-billed paid org that uses Xero Expenses.

Xero Payroll is also free to use for your own practice. You’ll gain 5 points for using payroll on your own practice org.

Become a payroll expert

Get payroll certified

Become an expert with tutorials on how to work efficiently, minimise errors, and overcome or prevent issues.

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Join a live webinar

In our live webinar you’ll learn how to set up the organisation, employees and auto enrolment. Time well spent.

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Self-paced learning

Learn how to make managing your clients' payroll a breeze with this online course.

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Download the payroll toolkit

This toolkit will help you to understand how Xero Payroll can fit into your service offering, who it’s designed for, and how you and your clients will benefit.

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Other resources

Getting started with payroll

Read our in-depth help and support articles

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Setting up payroll

Learn how to set up payroll with this free video

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Workplace pensions in Xero

Stay compliant with workplace pensions in Xero

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Payroll feature timeline

We’ve launched a lot of new features in the last few years

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