The new way of doing payroll.

Intuitive design. Incredible speed. Smarter payroll. Workday revolutionises your entire payroll process with a unified payroll and HCM system.

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Initiate payroll processing for a pay group directly from your dashboard.

Manage labour costs with real-time insights into global overtime actuals.

Instantly access accurate information on headcount by pay group.

Manage globally, process locally.

Global payroll management is always complex, detailed, and locally driven. Our mission is to make it easier to manage your workforce globally while offering the choice and flexibility to process payroll locally with any vendor, anywhere around the world.

Workday offers a modern, payroll-in-the-cloud system in the US, Canada, the UK, and France. For companies with a workforce outside of these countries, we offer applications and programs so you can mix and match the best regional and local providers to meet your needs.

View datasheets on all our global payroll solutions. >

Truly unified.

“Truly unified” means never having to enter data or wait for an integration to run. For payroll, it means all of your HR transactions and time entries flow seamlessly through so everyone is paid accurately and your financials are up-to-date. Workday offers the only truly unified system for financial management, payroll, HCM, and time tracking so you can work simpler, faster, and smarter.  

  • Reduce manual entries and errors since HR transactions and time entries go straight through to payroll.
  • Access real-time global labour trends to improve operational and financial planning.
  • View accurate, up-to-date payroll tax and financial reporting in one system.

It has been an advantage to have HCM, payroll, and expense management in one place. When we make decisions, we have one system-of-record.

Kevin Holland

Chief People Officer

Command and control.

Take back control of payroll. With Workday Payroll, your payroll department has complete command and control over payroll processes, data, and costs. Powerful yet easy to use, the robust calculation engine in Workday Payroll can handle even the most complex payroll requirements, letting you manage payroll instead of payroll managing you. 

  • Control your process. Automate and configure your payroll checklist and make changes without relying on your IT team or a third-party vendor.
  • Control your data. Access pay results for any worker or period, or run predefined reports at any time.
  • Control your costs. Avoid charges for reports, pay components, or calculations from third-party vendors. Avoid costly internal IT reporting projects.

Workday’s Payroll calculation engine is one of the most powerful calculation tools I’ve ever seen. This is revolutionary for the payroll world.

Mark Newsome

Director of Corporate Human Resources

Payroll your way.

Workday Payroll gives you the flexibility to adapt to rapid organisational changes so you can control when and how your workforce gets paid.

  • Stay on top of tax and regulatory changes through the payroll compliance updates dashboard and auto-updates via the cloud.
  • Run payroll calculations for an individual or group as often as you want.
  • Manage an unlimited number of pay groups, earnings and deductions, costing allocations, balances and accumulations, and pay runs.

Insight to action.

Workday Payroll displays real-time data throughout the payroll process so you always have the most accurate information. Built-in analytics enable you to drill into payroll details, analyse reports, and run audits at any time, even before payroll is completed.

  • Set up always-on audits to proactively flag errors and resolve them, saving time and giving you peace of mind.
  • Get real-time visibility into your general ledger before payroll completes and see journal entry lines. 
  • View your payroll register by cost centre, location, pay period, or pay group. 
  • Set up balances and report them by year, quarter, or month-to-date.
  • View accurate, real-time labour actuals for your global workforce in an easy-to-use compliance dashboard.

We realised that what we would gain from Workday, such as predictive analytics and reporting, would be optimised if we had Workday Payroll.

Michelle DiTondo


We are running payroll for roughly 4,900 individuals and year-end is a non-event.

Cindy Quintana

Human Resource Management Systems (HMRS) Manager, Commerce Bank


Payroll outsourcing services

Workday provides payroll outsourcing services through our partners – AON Hewitt, NorthgateArinso (NGA), and OneSource Virtual – to help you securely and confidently pay your workers while relying on the foundation of Workday Payroll.

Learn how the Workday payroll partner programme saves you time and money.

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