Payroll Product Comparison

Our Comprehensive Payroll Product Comparison – Choose the Best Fit for your business

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Basic Product Information and Features

Product Description Sage Business Cloud Payroll Sage Pastel Payroll Advantage Sage Business Cloud Payroll Professional
Pricing From:

R65.00/month or R722.00/year (based on 2 employees) ∗

R271.00/month or R3252.00/year (based on 10 employees) ∼

Quote on Request
Database Manager
Online / Cloud
Desktop Only
Online / Cloud
Number of Users

Unlimited ¹

Unlimited ¹

Unlimited ¹

Number of Companies

Unlimited º

Unlimited
Unlimited
Operating System
Any
Windows
Windows
Setup and customisation of payroll definitions (Earnings, deductions, company contributions, fringe benefits, hours etc.)
✔
✔
✔
Security and access control
User, Company and Global level
User, Company and Global level. Security groups
Global level (Directory level)
Multi-User Login
✔
✔²

✔²

Net-up calculation to calculate gross remuneration

❌

✔
✔
Process weekly, monthly or fortnightly pay periods across single or multiple companies
✔
✔
No - separate company per pay frequency
Consolidated reporting across multiple companies
❌
✔
✔
Separate pay runs within one pay period

❌

1 per pay frequency
7 per payment cycle
Printing of historic payslips
✔
✔
✔
Insert company logos and employee photos
✔
✔
✔
Batch Processing
❌
✔
✔
Fixed and financial information imports and exports
❌
✔
✔
Interface with electronic payment service providers - banking exports

✔ (5 only)

✔ 

✔ 

Direct integration with Netcash

✔ 

✔ 

✔ 

Third-party Payments
❌
❌
✔
General Ledger Integrations
Standard
Standard
Standard & Customisable
Payroll Budgeting & Forecasting
❌
❌
✔
Payscales & Notches
❌
❌
✔
Net Pay splits into different bank accounts
❌
❌
✔
Integration with time and attendance systems
❌
✔
✔
Leave Management
Basic
Basic
Advanced
Leave pay out calculation on termination of employees
❌
✔
✔
Automatic calculation of BCEA leave rates per employee
❌
✔
✔
Job Costing
❌
3 Levels
5 Levels
Loan Module
❌
✔
✔
Equity Reporting
❌
✔
✔
Skills SETA Reporting
❌
✔

✔ (SETA specific & generic)

Industrial Councils
❌

✔ (Road Freight, Security, MIBCO, MIBFA, Electrical)

✔ (Building, Restaurant, Clothing, Electrical, Furniture, Farming, MIBCO, MIBFA, Leather, Road Freight, Security, Steel)

Automated Updates

✔ 

✔ 

✔ 

Reporting

Product Description Sage Business Cloud Payroll Sage Pastel Payroll Advantage Sage Business Cloud Payroll Professional
Standard Reports

✔ 20+

✔ 30+

✔ 140+

Powerful, user friendly report writing tool
❌

✔

✔
Transaction history reports for any period
✔
✔
✔
Audit Reports
❌
✔
✔
ODBC (Open Database Connectivity)
❌
✔
✔
SMART Reports
❌
✔
❌
Sage Intelligence Reporting (BIC)
❌
✔
❌
Sage Insight Reporting incl Document designer
❌
✔
❌

Human Resources Management

Product Description Sage Business Cloud Payroll Sage Pastel Payroll Advantage Sage Business Cloud Payroll Professional
Standalone HR System
❌
✔
✔
Keep a complete employee record per employee including items issued, interviews, training, qualifications, medical history, disciplinary action etc.
❌
✔
✔
Link images and documents to an employee record
❌
✔
✔
Employee Management: Email Notifications
❌
❌
❌
Employee Management: Onboarding & Offboarding
❌
❌
✔
Job definitions according to qualifications, training and previous experience required
❌
✔
❌
Position profiles with added detail e.g. salary components, competency requirements, KPAs and KPIs, tasks and position history
❌
✔
❌
Employee suitability gap analysis of shortlisted candidates
❌
❌
❌
Job Requisition with Skillsmap integration

❌

❌

❌

Setup of Performance Review templates according to KPAs and KPIs defined

❌

✔

❌

User defined performance and competency reviews and free-format reviews for the use of 360º reviews or value assessments
❌
❌
✔
Create performance goals and development plans per employee and indicate increase and bonus amounts

❌

❌

❌

Integration with Self Service enables online completion of reviews

❌

❌

❌

Create and manage skills and competencies

❌

❌

❌

Load skills and certification records on employees profile
❌

✔ (Keep track of training to print skills report information)

✔ (Keep track of training to print skills report information)

Employee Development Plans
❌
❌
❌

Employee Self-Service (ESS)

Product Description Sage Business Cloud Payroll Sage Pastel Payroll Advantage Sage Business Cloud Payroll Professional
On-Premise or Hosted?
❌
Hosted
Hosted / Cloud
Web-based
❌

✔

✔
Mobile Application
❌
✔
✔
Time-based Workflow Management
❌
✔
❌
Claims Module
❌
✔
✔

Payslips

Product Description Sage Business Cloud Payroll Sage Pastel Payroll Advantage Sage Business Cloud Payroll Professional
Can use pre-printed payslips

✔

✔

✔

InfoSlips (electronic, SMS and mobi)
❌
❌
✔
Email payslips
✔
✔
✔
Mobile
❌
✔
✔
ESS (Employee Self-Service)
❌
✔
✔