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Payroll & HR Banner

Has your legacy payroll system become time consuming, over-complicated and costly? Has it struggled to accommodate requirements such as salary sacrifice and pension provision? Regardless of your organisational size or employee status (temporary, permanent, paid weekly, paid monthly), you can rest assured that Opera 3 Payroll & HR is flexible and robust to handle your payroll needs.

"The nature of the hospitality industry is that employees are often transient so having a robust, reliable Payroll & HR solution is a fundamental part of running our business. Having used other accounting and payroll systems such as Sage in the past, Opera 3 stands out as being clear, easy to use and intuitive."

Russel Bartlett, Celtic Manor Resorts

Salary Sacrifice

Salary sacrifice is becoming more and more popular with companies deciding to use it with their pension schemes and can be financially beneficial for both employers and employees.

Pension Provider Integration

Opera 3 Payroll offers integration with NEST and NOW: Pensions to streamline the process of submitting auto enrolment information and contribution figures.

Email payslips

Make the process of printing and posting payslips a thing of the past, saving money and valuable time.

  • Salary Sacrifice

    Under a salary sacrifice arrangement, an employee gives up some of their cash earnings in return for new or increased entitlements to non-cash benefits provided by their employer. Apart from pension contributions, non-cash benefits include childcare vouchers, cycle schemes, travel, subsistence allowances and others.

    • It’s included as standard with Opera 3 Payroll
    • It’s very quick and simple to set up
    • Salary sacrifice can be used for both pension and non-pension sacrifices
    • A pension salary sacrifice can be based either on a defined value or on a percentage
    • Salary sacrifice information is printed on the payslip
    • Sacrificed values are included in pension contribution reports and pension contribution files
    • Pension salary sacrifice values are shown on the Employee History form
    • The employer’s NI saving can be added to the pension contribution

    Pension Provider Integration

    NEST Pensions and NOW: Pensions are cost-effective pension schemes that are available for any employer. Integration with these schemes is an optional feature of Opera 3 and allows seamless linking to the NEST and NOW: Pensions online portals.

    • Simple and easy-to-use processes streamline submission of information to pension providers
    • The information submitted is relevant and accurate
    • Ability to include employee email address with submitted files
    • Simplified communication between employer and pension provider
    • It reduces costs and saves you a considerable amount of time

    Email Payslips

    To help you move closer to a paperless office and support a mobile workforce, the Email payslips & P60s feature comes as standard with Opera 3 Payroll, at no extra cost. Emailing payslips to employees will make your payroll run much more cost-effective, efficient and environmentally friendly.

    • It’s included as standard with Opera 3 Payroll
    • It’s very quick and simple to set up
    • It’s secure: payslip and P60 pdfs are password-protected
    • Previously emailed payslips/P60s can be viewed in Employee History
    • Payslips and P60s can be previewed before being sent
    • Up to three additional PDF attachments can be added to the emails
    • Employees can save and easily access all their payslips and P60s electronically

    NEW! Email P45's and P60's

    NEW: You can now email P45's and P60's directly to your employees from Opera 3 Payroll & HR. Save time, money and boost your environmental credentials by reducing your paper usage too. This feature comes as standard with Opera 3 Payroll so sit back and let the software do all the hard work.

  • Overview

    • PAYE Recognition: Opera 3 Payroll has HMRC PAYE Recognition
    • RTI and auto enrolment are fully catered for
    • Email payslips and P60s
    • Export reports to Excel
    • Multi-Company processing: Create one to unlimited companies
    • Multi-Group processing: Create up to 36 Payroll Groups per company. Access to Groups may be controlled by password and can have different payment frequencies and unlimited employee records
    • Number of employees: Create one to unlimited employee records
    • Employee profiles: Streamlines the creation of employee records as it applies employee characteristics that can be assigned to a group of employees or to an individual employee
    • Payments & Deductions: Create up to 999 payments and deductions
    • NI Adjustments: Perform retrospective NI adjustments
    • Director’s NI: Calculation based on date of appointment
    • Pay methods: Includes a wide range of payment methods including BACS, cheque and cash
    • Advanced pension management: Create multiple Pension Schemes, including stakeholder, personal, group personal and AVC, with full reporting capabilities
    • Statutory payments: ShPP and fully automated processing and reporting of SSP, SMP, SPP (Birth), SPP (Adopt) and SAP
    • P45 (leaver processing)
    • P11 reporting: Automated and designed to replicate the Deductions Working Sheet. Includes detailed and summary option with period range and tax year selection
    • P32 processing: Automated and designed to replicate the Employer’s Payment Record. Includes monthly or quarterly payment recording, funding, total value drilldown and multiple company consolidation, employer allowance and Apprenticeship Levy
    • Student loans: Automated, with deductions calculated in accordance with the current legislative threshold and percentage amounts
    • Payrolling of benefits
    • Salary sacrifice
    • Pension provider integration: Opera 3 Payroll and Opera II Payroll offer integration with
    • NOW: Pensions and NEST.
    • Attachments: Attach multiple files (eg spreadsheet, Word document) to an employee record
    • Holiday pay: Process Holiday Pay based on average earnings or an accrued amount
    • Attachment Orders: Automated, with deductions calculated in accordance with current legislation
    • Payroll history: Transaction history and payslip images retained for up to 999 pay periods
    • Transfer: Transfer an employee from one payroll group to another or change the employee reference
    • Override Tax/NI: Override an Employee’s Tax/NI system calculation when circumstances dictate
    • Global Holiday: Provides the facility to place a Group of employees on holiday
    • Employee photo: Assign a photograph to an employee record
    • Payroll analysis: Analyse payroll values by payroll group, employee, payroll department, Nominal Cost Centre, Department and Project
    • Integration: Integrates with the Nominal Ledger, Cashbook and Costing with real-time or batch update and transfer
    • User-definable Views: Define Payroll Views with up to six levels of analysis, apply criteria filtering and graphical representation. Report across pay periods with full transactional drilldown and easy export facilities to Microsoft Excel
    • Historical employees: Allows access to historical employee information, including payslip images and the ability to easily re-instate an employee record if required
    • Global updates: Perform updates of rates and values across the Payroll, with the option to print pay rise slips and a full audit trail
    • Audit log: The audit log records all key field changes made throughout the tax year
    • Comprehensive reporting: An extensive range of reports are provided as standard
    • Customisable: Opera 3 Payroll can be customised to suit the specific requirements of your business
    • Context-sensitive Help: Comprehensive and easy to use Help facilities


    • Employee Diary: Records sickness, holiday, maternity, compassionate leave, absence and training, in days, hours and minutes, for each employee
    • Working Patterns: Define variable Working Patterns for a group of employees or an individual employee, with the option to ignore Bank Holidays. Working patterns are reflected in the employee diary
    • Pro-rata holidays: Pro-rata holiday entitlement can be calculated and displayed within the employee’s diary, with a holiday carry-over facility
    • History: Retain personnel records and transactions, including job and salary changes, for up to 99 years
    • Attachments: Attach multiple files (eg spreadsheet, Word document) to an employee record
    • Audit Log: The audit log records all key field changes made throughout the tax year
    • Global salary changes: Process updates for salaried or hourly paid employees, with immediate payroll adjustment
    • Comprehensive reporting: An extensive range of reports are provided as standard
    • Customisable: Personnel can be customised to suit the specific requirements of your business
    • Context-sensitive Help: Comprehensive and easy to use Help facilities

    Online Filing Manager

    • HMRC Quality Standard: The Online Filing Manager is recognised by HMRC. Quality Standard validation is performed on Real Time Information generated by Opera 3 before submission via the Government Gateway
    • VAT 100 Return: Submit online via the Government Gateway
    • Submission Status: Connect to the Government Gateway after a submission has been made to check the status of the return
    • Context Sensitive Help: Comprehensive and easy to use Help facilities

    P11D Organiser

    • Benefit Sections & Sub-Types: The P11D Organiser includes statutory benefit types and descriptions. The descriptions can be amended, dispensation and default values applied and additional descriptions created
    • Benefit allocation: Benefits can be attached to an individual employee, all employees or a group of employees
    • Integration: Seamless integration with Opera 3 Payroll ensures that the P11D Organiser is kept up to-date with new companies or employees, revised employee details or leaver information
    • HMRC guidelines: The P11D Organiser contains current HMRC information to assist with any legislative queries
    • File online: Submit benefit and expenses data to the HMRC via the Government Gateway, including P11D, P9D, P11D (b) and P46 (car) in-year forms
    • Comprehensive reporting: Employer, employee, benefits & expenses, fleet and periodic reports are all included, with email, PDF and print facilities
    • Excel Integration: Predefined wizards allow users to import information directly into the P11D from Microsoft Excel, eg mileage and car information
    • Additional tools: Intuitive data merge; benefit alignment and data archive routines are included. Data from previous years may be retained as required and reported on
  • Opera 3 Payroll & HR

    Opera 3 Payroll & HR is an award-winning payroll solution trusted by thousands of UK companies. It has HMRC Recognition and includes features such as email payslips & P60s, salary sacrifice and integration with selected pension providers to actively help you in your day-to-day tasks.

    Email payslips and P60s

    Watch a brand new demo on our latest feature added to Opera 3: email payslips and P60s

    Salary sacrifice (available in Opera 3 as standard)

    Opera 3 Payroll fully caters for salary sacrifice as standard. It calculates percentage based pension contributions and includes them within associated pension files and reports.

    Key benefits of salary sacrifice in Opera 3 Payroll:

    • Handles both pension based and non-pension based salary sacrifices (childcare vouchers and cycle schemes)
    • Quick and simple to setup
    • For ease, a pension salary sacrifice can be based on a defined value or a percentage
    • Prints onto employee payslips
    • Pension salary sacrifice values are shown on the employee/history form
    • For pension salary sacrifice, the employer’s NI saving can be added to the pension contribution

    Watch our product demo to see it in action!

Downloads Available

Opera 3 Payroll Brochure Email Payslips Datasheet Pension Integration Datasheet NOW: Pensions: How to export data Salary Sacrifice Datasheet Data Provisioning Service Datasheet