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Xero Payroll NZ

By Xero
1.45 out of 5 stars
Xero Payroll makes managing staff stress free and helps employers stay compliant. The cloud platform allows you to organise all your business information in one handy place.
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5 years
December 2018
Key functions
Payroll HR


Xero Payroll makes managing staff stress free and helps employers stay compliant. The cloud platform seamlessly integrates with Xero accounts, allowing easy tracking of taxes and staff payments, and annual tax changes are automatically handled for you, so you don’t need to worry about needing to upgrade any software.

Employers can set up staff details, manage leave, pay staff, including all taxes, and file reports to tax authorities.

Staff can simply log into their Xero employee portal on any device to submit leave, their timesheets or view their payslips.

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Xero Payroll NZ + Xero

  • With easy-to-use payroll software and online accounting in the cloud, you can organise all your business information in one handy place.

  • Keep your business moving while you’re on the go. Log in to Xero any time, anywhere, on any device, to make pay runs a walk in the park.

  • Xero Payroll not only helps you to manage your tasks, it automatically updates your accounts too.

  • Give your employees self-service access from any device with the Xero Me mobile app for iOS and Xero Me app for Android. Xero Me makes it easy for employees to view their payslips, submit their timesheets and apply for leave.

Payday filing in Xero is coming soon, making it easier than ever to file your employment information with Inland Revenue. Payday filing becomes compulsory for all employers on 1 April 2019, and Xero will make it easy for you to comply in just a few clicks. Find out more about payday filing.

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Nadine Hyslop
Posted 24 Oct 2023
1 out of 5 stars

Not worth it

Whilst the overall system itself is easy to use, look at, understand, they have major failures for companies that dont work set hours. Firstly, the payslips have confused all our staff as they show Holiday pay in $$ then converts to Annual Leave in hours after 12 months, also the Alternative Leave is in hours too which means you have to mind this manually to follow the law. We have also discovered the biggest flaw being Annual Leave (for no reason at all) is not calculated using the hours entered into timesheets or payslips, instead it is calculated based off the base/minimum hours you set in their payslips, which is only changed/set when you change their pay rate. Worst off, these failures have been told to them time and time again in the Xero community and they have STILL not made any changes, instead they send help pages that tell you to calculate everything manually. We are looking to change payroll again after 2.5 yrs of overpaying AL. NOT HAPPY
3 people found this review helpful.
Amanda Hunter
Posted 6 Sep 2023
2 out of 5 stars

Super easy to use, but inflexible

The system itself is very easy to use. However, it has no flexibility for anyone who doesn't work 9-5 Monday-Friday. Majority of the clients we do payroll for do not work the usual hours, and so Xero Payroll is not appropriate for us or them. It also lacks necessary features around public holidays. We have asked for improvements in all these areas, but Xero have stated they will not be making these improvements. If you have a basic, simple payrun this may be ok for you. Anything that may be considered 'unusual' (staff that work varying hours, weekend workers, etc) this will not be the best system for you.
5 people found this review helpful.
Heath DeGarnham
Posted 9 Aug 2023
1 out of 5 stars

Xero payroll

Way to onerous to transfer payroll over. History by employee has to be entered manually by week in order to get leave calculations correct.

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Payroll HR

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By Xero
Added in 2018


New Zealand




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