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Sage launches cheap HR Software

Business management software provider Sage (UK) Limited has launched its new HR Software, Sage 50 HR 2007. Sage 50 HR 2007 is designed to help small businesses manage their people by recording, tracking and storing key information, such as employee details, training, time keeping, and professional skills in one place.

This means HR information can be easily updated, accessed and analysed, giving companies the ability make well-informed decisions and comply with legal guidelines.

Sage 50 HR 2007 integrates employee details with Sage Payroll 2007 so that any employee records that were created in Sage Payroll can be quickly and simply exported to Sage 50 HR, saving time and reducing duplication. It also complements the Sage Advice services, (HR & Health and Safety), providing a place to store information gathered from these advice services and set reminders to take action.

"The feedback we have had from customers has been very positive, and Sage 50 HR seems to have generated more interest at the pre-release stage than any other product we have dealt with due to its affordability and features," said Richard Compton, sales consultant, CentrePoint Software Ltd.

"Specifically, Sage 50 HR is putting high quality HR software within the reach of small businesses where before it was restricted to the mid market. One customer in particular had looked into an HR software package previously and found that it would cost the company up to £15,000, they were delighted to discover that Sage 50 HR would cost them just £350."

Research carried out by Sage shows that the majority of customers questioned currently record and manage their HR data manually or using Excel, yet they cite the burden of this manual recording as one of the factors that would make them consider HR software. In a recent Sage Heartbeat survey, 42 per cent of businesses cited red tape as the reason they would not start up in business again.

Jo Ray, Managing Director, Sage (UK) Limited, Small Business Division comments: "Employment legislation and compliance requirements are placing a growing burden on small businesses, making it even more important for them to keep accurate records about their people."

She continues; "Sage 50 HR offers powerful functionality whilst being very easy to use so it's perfect for businesses that handle their human resources function in-house or even those without a specialist human resources function. By creating a central and secure information hub for businesses it allows HR staff to share and access information quickly and easily."

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