Save precious time with Xero Payroll

By automating everyday tasks like timesheets, paying staff, managing pensions and filing with HMRC – Xero Payroll can save you hours in just a few clicks.

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What Xero Payroll can do for your practice


Manage pay runs, pensions and compliance

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


Save time on admin

Save time by allowing employees to submit timesheets and leave requests from their desktop 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 potential errors.

Manage and pay staff as they return to work through COVID-19


Xero Payroll’s flexibility in managing employees' working hours and updated statutory sick pay functionality means you can pay staff during these challenging times, in line with recent government legislation.

Return to work with flexible furlough: The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme now helps employers manage their employees return to work part-time whilst ensuring employees continue to receive the same level of financial support. Flexible furlough enables employees to receive full pay for actual hours worked, plus 80% wage subsidy for the balance of their usual working hours.

Changes to statutory sick pay: We’ve added 'COVID-19 self isolation' as a sick leave option for employees who are required to self-isolate, so they can earn sick pay from day one instead of the usual four consecutive days.


When we went into lockdown in March 2020, the benefits of working in the cloud became clear. I was able to work from home pretty easily and run payroll seamlessly with Xero – clients saw no disruption.

Linda Morrison, William Duncan & Co

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Xero Payroll is free for your practice

Free to use, you gain five partner points for using payroll on your own practice org as well as points for your client-billed orgs using Xero Payroll.


Easy pricing for your clients

Clients new to Xero can use payroll as part of their 30-day free trial. Existing Xero clients can add Xero Payroll to Standard or Premium Business Edition plans and get the first two months free for up to five payroll employees

Get started in minutes

Log in to your Xero HQ, click on the Practice tab and click Go to Xero

Once logged in click the Payroll tab and then Overview

Add Xero Payroll for free

Once in Payroll Overview, follow the steps to complete the process

Resources for you

Find the right information with our guides, webinars and much more.

Understand how Xero Payroll can fit into your service offering, who it’s designed for, and how you and your clients will benefit.

Download toolkit

Download this Xero Payroll brochure to share the benefits of Xero Payroll with your clients.

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Get Xero payroll certified

Get certified in Xero Payroll. Learn the entire process, from setting up an organisation to processing a pay run.

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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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Getting started with Payroll

Read our in-depth help and support articles

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Workplace pensions in Xero

Stay compliant with auto-enrolment for workplace pensions

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Move clients to Xero Payroll

Learn how to move clients over to Xero Payroll easily and effectively with Xero's Payroll Learning Centre. Our education courses cover client suitability, the information you need before starting the migration process and much more.

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