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Payroll for construction

Smartly makes payroll simple for tradies. Faff-free payroll for staff, contractors and apprentices. Make it easy for your team to log timesheets and code costs to different jobs, then have it all flow through to your accounting system. The simple way to sort your payroll.

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  • Simplicity icon
    Smartly’s whole reason for existence is to make payroll simple – automating calculations and sorting countless payment transfers on your behalf.
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    Accuracy & Compliance
    We lie awake at night thinking about things like the Holidays Act, PAYE and new payday filing requirements so you never have to. When there’s a new legislative change, we’re on it.
  • Support icon
    Need help? If you want to know how to do anything on Smartly, we’ve got you! Check out our Help Centre or give our payroll experts a call.

Popular features for construction businesses

  • Labour costing
    Labour costing
    It’s simple for your employees to code costs to different jobs in the Smartly app and have that flow through to a pay run and on to other integrated solutions like accounting systems.
  • Digital timesheets
    Digital timesheets
    Timesheeting with Smartly is easy! Employees can submit their time in the Smartly app straight through to their manager (you or a site supervisor) or straight to your payroll admin for approval.
  • Employee self-service
    Employee self-service
    Employees can access their payslips, manage their leave, submit timesheets and allowances and cost their hours – all through the Smartly app. Managers can also review and approve their team’s requests

Other popular features for construction businesses

  • Accuracy and compliance
    Accuracy and compliance
    If your team are eligible for allowances (mileage, food, accommodation), these can easily be added at the time you run your pay or by your employees through the Smartly app.
  • Payday filing
    Payday filing
    Payroll information for you and your employees is automatically sent to IRD so you never have to worry about IRD penalties.
  • Allowances
    If your team are eligible for allowances (mileage, food, accommodation), these can easily be added by you (during the pay run) or your employees (in their timesheet).
  • Future leave balances
    Future leave balances
    Staff leave tracking made simple. Staff see what their balance is now, what it’ll be when they take leave and what they’ll have left at the end. Plus, it’s simpler for you to approve leave requests.
  • PAYE sorted (payments to IRD)
    PAYE sorted (payments to IRD)
    Payments to the IRD are handled so you don’t need to worry. Never be penalised for missing IRD payment deadlines – it’s all handled by us.
  • Easy reporting interface
    Easy reporting interface
    We have a range of reports designed to make tracking and reporting on payroll super simple. From pay run reports to warning and changes reports and more. It’s also super easy to export files too.
  • Xero integration
    Xero integration
    Send payroll information straight to Xero, giving you more visibility into business performance and productivity.
  • Safe and Secure
    Safe and Secure
    We take the safety and security of our customers data and transactions very seriously. We maintain an Information Management Security System that’s certified against ISO27001.
  • Help Centre
    Help Centre
    The Help Centre is your first port of call for help. We’ve got easy-to-follow guides and product demo videos plus a searchable FAQ space with answers and step-by-step instructions.
  • Automatic payments
    Automatic payments
    Run your pay, and then we’ll automatically make your payments to your employees, IRD, KiwiSaver and more.
  • Import timesheets
    Import timesheets
    If you’re working with one of our time and attendance integrated partners, simply import your staff timesheets into Smartly and we sort the rest.

Payroll plans designed for you

Our plans are designed to make payroll simple. Choose the plan that works for your business, and switch up or down at any time. No contracts, easy set-up and free training. 

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How much will Smartly payroll cost?

Number of employees
Pay cycle
  • Weekly
  • Fortnightly
  • Monthly
How complex is your payroll?
Does your payroll include variable hours or allowances?
  • Simple
  • Complex
  • Not sure
Add additional pay cycle

*Indicative costs only. Actual pricing may vary monthly depending on number of employees and pay cycles at a rate of $1.99 per employee per pay cycle. Plus the number of employees paid per month at $1.99 per employee per month (Payroll Two and Three only).

Over 20,000 Kiwi businesses use Smartly


Cam Goldsmith – Tidy Slabs


“Smartly have kept our business compliant. It takes the burden away from keeping up with all the payroll legislation requirements.”

How can Smartly help your business?

  • 1–5 employees
    Smartly Payroll is designed with Kiwi small businesses in mind. We make it simple to pay your people and focus on your business. Learn more
  • 6–19 employees
    As your business grows and you hire more employees, you’ll want a way to keep your payroll accurate. Smartly is all about making payroll simpler for growing Kiwi businesses. Learn more
  • 20+ employees
    Have total visibility of your team with Smartly Payroll. Comprehensive reporting, accurate and faff-free payroll. Perfect for larger businesses. Learn more

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