Payroll Services

We help small businesses with payroll services - we take the stress out of pay-day.


Empower your employees by making payroll as easy as one, two, three.

When your company is growing, you don’t want to get to payday and not be sure what salary to pay your employees, or what should be paid to third parties. Get access to top-class professionals who can assist you in ensuring that your payroll process runs smoothly.

Allow us to take care of this function with some of the best outsourced payroll services around which will include: generating payslips, ensuring compliance with all forms of payroll taxes and handling submissions to SARS (South African Revenue Service) and the Department of Labour on your behalf.

That way you can focus on growing your business without the administrative burden and compliance pressures that go hand in hand with payroll administration.

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What is payroll and what does it entail?

Payroll is the process of paying remuneration to the employees of a company.


A payroll system can be used to keep track of employees’ remuneration, benefits, deductions and leave balances along with any company contributions made in respect of that employee.


Payroll is made up of the following areas:

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Gross salary

The gross salary of an employee is the amount of money that an employee is entitled to on a monthly basis before deductions and benefits are taken into account.


This amount is usually fixed, and any percentage increase given by a company is based on this amount.

Company Contributions

Company contributions are benefits that the employer gives to an employee over and above the gross salary earned. These benefits are not standard and every employer may have different benefits for their employers.

These company contributions can include, but are not limited to:

Payroll deductions
Payroll deductions are deductions made from an employee’s gross salary. The purpose of the deduction is that the employer may directly pay these deductions over to third parties on behalf of the employee. These deductions include, but are not limited to:
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What should an employer be registered for?

Pay As You Earn (PAYE)

Every employee that is employed in South Africa is liable to pay income tax on their earnings if their earnings are above a threshold that the government will declare each financial year.
PAYE is deducted from an employee’s salary every month to ensure that individuals do not have one big liability at financial year-end, but that the income tax is paid over to SARS in 12 monthly instalments. Every company that deducts PAYE from their employees’ salaries should be registered for PAYE. This registration can be done on e-filing. PAYE is declared to SARS every month via the submission of an EMP201 return.

Skills Development Levy (SDL)

SDL is a levy that is imposed on employers to encourage learning and development in South Africa. The amount payable is determined by an employer’s remuneration bill. Only employers who pay a total of more than R500,000 in 12 months are liable to register for, and pay, SDL. SDL is payable at 1% of the total amount paid in salaries to employees. SDL registrations can be done via e-filing. SDL is declared to SARS every month via the submission of an EMP201 return.

Unemployment Insurance Fund

The UIF is a fund that gives relief to employees who become unemployed after working for an employer who contributed to the UIF. Employees are only able to claim from the UIF when they become unemployed due to retrenchment, the end of a contract, maternity leave, adoption or parental leave, or illness. The UIF also provides relief to the dependents of a deceased contributor. Both the employee and the employer are liable to pay 1% of the employee’s remuneration. UIF is capped at 177.12 per month, and has a Employee and Employer Contribution. UIF is declared to SARS every month via the submission of an EMP201 return.

Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (COIDA)

The objective of COIDA is to provide compensation to employees who became disabled due to occupational injuries or diseases, or for death as a result of injuries or diseases contracted by the employee during his/her course of employment. Employers should register for COIDA within seven days after the first employee was employed. COIDA is submitted and paid by a yearly Return of Earnings on the basis of a percentage or fixed rate of the annual earnings of employees.

How to stay compliant with all payroll registrations, taxes and levies

To stay compliant is easy as long as an employer is registered for all the required taxes and types of levies. Employers should ensure the following:

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Independent contractors

How to identify if you are an independent contractor

The rules of an independent contractor are simple:


An individual will qualify as an independent contractor if the following conditions are met:
How to differentiate between an employee and an Independent Contractor
Independent contractors are also called freelancers, and they do not receive any benefits from a company. They file their taxes independently and are not included in the payroll of any company. The independent contractor is in charge of his / her own work methods, hours and schedule, and they are not limited to one client.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A payroll service is where a third party processes payroll data for an entity’s employees. The earnings, deductions and contributions are processed through a payroll system, whereafter the system calculates deductions such as taxes and UIF. Most payroll systems have a leave function. Leave taken, leave accrued and leave balances can be managed through the system. 

Payroll systems generate the following types of reports:

  • Employee payslips
  • Transaction history per employee
  • EMP201 report that shows a summary of PAYE, UIF and SDL to be submitted
  • Leave report
  • Variance reports between months.

The cost for a payroll service depends on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to:

  • The number of employees
  • The complexity of payslips – do personnel only have salaries, or is there variable remuneration as well
  • The frequency of payroll – weekly, bi-weekly or monthly

When an entity has employees, these employees need to be paid for their work. A payroll service enables entities to pay their employees the correct amounts, withhold the correct taxes and other levies, and pay amounts over to third parties where necessary. Payroll providers can assist with the necessary registrations at SARS or the Department of Labour. Entities with employees submit their payroll information to payroll providers. Payroll processing is done with this input. The output will be payslips and other payroll related reports.

The payroll service you choose would be based on your number of employees as well as the complexity of the payroll information to be processed. Contact us for a quote for a payroll service to fit your payroll.

Payroll administration refers to the process of managing a company’s employee payments. This involves ensuring that employees are paid accurately and on time, accounting for deductions such asPAYE taxes and benefits, and complying with relevant laws and regulations.

A comprehensive payroll system can also be used to keep track of benefits, deductions and leave balances along with any company contributions made in respect of that employee, making tax payments easier.

Using a payroll service can help to automate and streamline your payroll process, reducing the likelihood of errors and making sure that all payments are made on time. Businesses can also save money by avoiding potential penalties associated with admin errors or non-compliance, and by freeing up their in-house financial team to focus on core business tasks.

Payroll solutions refer to tools and services that help manage and simplify your payroll process. Companies that offer payroll solutions, such as OCFO,  typically provide a blend of the most up to date payroll software and related payroll services to ensure your needs are met effectively.

Depending on your business’s complexity and payroll requirements, you might benefit from both. An accountant generally helps in managing and reviewing the financial aspects of your business, including offering advice on financial strategy. A tax practitioner, on the other hand, is specialized in understanding tax codes and ensuring that your business complies with relevant  tax regulations.

While some small businesses might find that an accountant can manage both roles, others with more complex payroll needs will benefit from having both professionals on call to ensure full compliance and optimized financial management. For those businesses who cannot afford to pay a full-time tax practitioner, OCFO offers an outsourced service to bridge the gap.

Payroll legislation refers to the laws and regulations governing how companies should compensate their employees. This includes, but is not limited to, regulations about minimum wage, overtime, tax deductions, benefits, and record-keeping. It’s crucial for businesses to understand and comply with payroll legislation to avoid legal repercussions and to ensure fair treatment of employees.

These laws and regulations often often get updated and might vary based on area or industry, making it essential for you to stay informed and up to date. Compliance not only builds trust with employees but also safeguards your business from potential legal challenges and financial penalties.


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