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First For Payroll

Pay staff on time, every time.

Are you looking to outsource your payroll? Our payroll management software is one of the most user-friendly on the market; because our customers tell us so.

Free Trial payroll software

We’ve updated and grown it in the past but the principles always remain the same following a simple four stage process.

1. You provide us with the information to set up your account

2. We process your payroll

3. We send your payslips and reports

4. You pay your employees and HMRC

  • Calculate gross to net pay
  • Include SSP/SMP/SPP
  • Holiday Pay
  • Payslips and Payroll Summaries
  • P45 / P46 / P60
  • Changes to tax codes immediately actioned
  • We can verify subcontractors, produce payslips and submit CIS monthly returns

The EL Direct support team will help set up your First for Payroll account so you are all ready to go with managing payroll. Going forward our Customer Service team is available seven days a week to answer any questions you have about using the software.

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I don't have Microsoft Office or Microsoft Word, what should I do?

If you don't have Microsoft Office, or Microsoft Word installed on your PC or Mac, don't worry - you can still use our products. You can get a free alternative from Open Office.

Open Office Org is open-source developed alternative to Microsoft Office, developed by a large software company called Oracle. Open Source means the company who build the software, allow 100% use of it, 100% free.

Since Open Office is specifically developed to be exactly the same as Microsoft Office, with all the same programs in the suite (Eg: Word, Excel, Access and Power Point) - it will freely open any Microsoft Office file-format. Meaning, just because a document was written in Microsoft Word, doesn't mean it can't be opened in another program. Open Office will do that, and vise versa.

To download and install Open Office;

  1. Go to
  2. On the left hand side, click 'I want to download Open Office'. In the green box, click the main link which starts with 'Start downloading'
    • Windows Only:When the program has downloaded, click Install and wait for the program to install.
    • MAC OSX Only:When the program has downloaded, a notification box will pop up with an arrow from the Open Office Icon to the Applications Folder in Finder, drag the icon to the Applications folder to install the program.
  3. You are now ready to use Open Office, and the documents you have purchased from us.