By Sarah-Jane Maguire, Business Advice Consultant at Sage
As a member of the Sage Business Advice Team, I consult with customers regularly in order to recommend a solution that suits their needs. When discussing payroll options, customers will often query the difference between our Micropay Lite and Micropay Professional payroll products. There are several difference between Micropay Professional and Micropay Lite. To simplify this I have put together a piece including screenshots to explain the main differences:
1. Advanced Report Writer
ARW is only available in Micropay Professional. This feature allows you to design customised reports which can then be run at any time. The report can be created using any subject field within Micropay Professional.
To get the best from this functionality we would advise customers to attend the Sage Advanced Report Writer training course which is held regularly at our training centre.
2. Importing From Excel
There are differences between the two products in terms of exporting data to Excel. In Micropay Lite you will only have the following options when creating timesheets:
Micropay Professional will have these additional options;
3. Two-tiered Payroll Cost Analysis
In Micropay Professional you have the option of two tier analysis when it comes to allocating payroll costs. Costs can be assigned against both a department and a cost centre for more in-depth tracking and analysis.
In terms of payroll costs Micropay Lite allows only one level of allocation and analysis in the form of the ‘Department’ field.
A good example of a company who might need both departmental and cost centre cost allocation and analysis would be a company who has more than one location (which could be recorded using the ‘Department’ field) and more than one area to report on within each department (which could be recorded using the ‘Cost Centre’ field e.g. Sales, Finance, Customer Services ).
4. Employee Profiles
The employee profile feature is only available in Micropay Professional. This feature allows you to set specific payments and deductions against an employee so they will show up in their timesheet. This has the benefit of reducing administration, saving time and minimising errors.
5. Nominal Link
The nominal link provides a link between Micropay and Sage’s main accounts packages – Sage Instant Accounts and Sage 50. This link reduces the time spent entering data as it updates your nominal journals in your accounting software once your payroll has been processed. This reduces the risk of error and saves duplication of data within the two pieces of software.
This link is not available in Micropay Lite with a one company licence. It is available in Micropay Lite where you have a five company or bureau licence. The nominal link appears in all levels of Sage Micropay professional.
6. Payments and Deductions
Micropay Professional allows you to create and use up to 99 different payments and 99 different deductions within the software. Micropay Lite caters for less variations and allows you to create up to 20 different payments and 10 different deductions.
Both Micropay Lite and Micropay Professional are available to purchase on our online store.