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Leave management software and attendance tracking tools

Leave management systems can help you keep accurate records and empower employees to self-manage their time-off requests and attendance.

Why use leave management software?

Leave management software helps to streamline the process of tracking and managing employee absences, and reduces the potential for errors and disputes. It ensures compliance with legal and company-specific leave policies, and cuts down admin time, allowing for a more focused and efficient approach to workforce management.

Track and report attendance and leave online

Access our cloud-based leave and absence management system from any location, and on any device. With attendance and holiday tracking features, your team can update records on the go. 

Identify and troubleshoot absences

With the right absence management software in place, you can spot challenges with attendance to help identify colleagues or teams that need more support or resources.

Pay accurately and on time

Attendance tracker and leave management systems ensure that everyone gets paid accurately, and for hours worked. Boost morale, increase productivity, and make payments run smoothly.

Minimise inaccuracy

Attendance tracking and absence management software automatically records time spent on different projects. Reduce human error, minimise compliance risks, and save business owners, such as HR managers and payroll professionals, countless hours on data entry.

Leave management software features

Our absence, leave, and attendance tracking software tools include a range of features that can help you manage your team more effectively.

Real-time reporting

Get actionable insights with software that allows you to monitor and track attendance via real-time reporting online, acting as a single source of truth when it comes to leave and absences.

Shared calendar

Annual leave management software that uses a shared calendar lets everyone know when people are off. Make holiday request processes fairer and clearer.

Employee self-service

Intuitive, easy-to-use self-serve solutions make for a better employee experience. Give your staff more flexibility and autonomy.

Approve time off from anywhere

Manage annual leave requests and approvals with ease. Whether at your desk or on the move, benefit from online tools that you can access from anywhere.

Our leave management software solutions

Discover the best attendance tracking and leave management tool for your business.  We have solutions designed for small and medium-sized businesses.

Sage HR

Sage Business Cloud

Solve your HR challenges. Onboard your employees, automate your HR process and get meaningful insights:

  • Achieve full visibility of your remote workforce, with an online employee database that’s your single source of truth
  • Give your employees instant and remote self-service access to everything they need, such as payslips, company policies, updates, absence requests, schedules, and more
  • Enable your people to request leave, check holiday balance and see who’s away, any time, anywhere
  • Share goals and priorities to unite team efforts while you can’t be in the office. Align with your company vision, and keep track of progress
  • No risking infection by multiple handling of receipts or unnecessary journeys to the office - employees submit expenses simply by photographing the receipt directly from the mobile app

Payroll Professional

Sage Business Cloud

Powerful payroll software with simple statutory HR functionality for employee management:

  • Cloud-based solution that can be accessed from anywhere, anytime through a link
  • Easy to use software
  • This solution allows you to add integrated modules and combine functions to expand its capabilities - adapting to fit your requirements no matter how fast your business grows
  • Country specific statutory reports for over 13 African countries including: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • Automatic legislative software updates
  • Intuitive real-time reporting
  • Three distinct modules can be integrated into a single package: Payroll, Personnel Management and Sage Self-Service

Sage 300 People


Advanced all-in-one payroll, HR and Self-Service software with strong HR functionality.

  • Local desktop solution that can be hosted through a Managed Cloud Service
  • Intuitive software
  • Reliable solution for scalable growing businesses that are more complex. This solution is ideal for multiple companies with multiple legislations to consider
  • Legislation available for 28 African countries, including Saudi Arabia and UAE
  • Automatic legislative software updates
  • Advanced reporting embedded within the system that supports API integrations with analytical tools
  • End-to-end HCM solution for medium businesses with key modules that include: Expense Management, Job Costing, Advanced batch processing, Job Management, Performance Management, Budgeting and Core ISV integrations via API's

Leave management software FAQs

Cloud-based attendance tracking and leave management software are online solutions that help businesses monitor staff absence and working patterns. A good attendance and absence management software tool can also offer managers an easy and effective way to review and approve holiday requests online, giving the whole team an instant overview of who's off at any given time.

When it comes to cutting down on sick leave, it’s important to understand the reasons behind above-average absenteeism. While most people take time off for legitimate health reasons, it’s also important to rule out the possibility of sick leave abuse, or time theft. Attendance and absence management software can eliminate the guesswork from this process, as it helps managers track sickness absence and find any worrying patterns.

For employees suffering with different medical ailments, some ways a business can help to reduce sick leave include :

  • Creating a culture that encourages a healthy work-life balance.
  • Having a clear policy for absences.
  • Implementing wellness programmes : these support employees’ well-being with things like voluntary health assessments, occupational health facilities, and opportunities for flexible work.

As for annual leave, it’s important to encourage employees to spread out their holidays across the year rather than saving them up. Taking regular breaks from work will keep their well-being and motivation levels high throughout the year. You should also be mindful of how many people are taking annual leave at the same time, to support business continuity.

Turning down holiday requests can be badly received, so it’s helpful to have a clear practice in place for accepting requests, such as ‘first come, first served’. Effective annual leave management software can help keep with transparency in relation to holiday requests and approvals.

With Sage, what you pay will depend on which attendance tracking and leave management software solution you opt for, as well as your number of employees and specific business needs.

Sage HR is a comprehensive option for small and medium businesses, for work on site or on the go. It comes with smart absence and attendance tracking features, as well as expense management, time management, scheduling, onboarding and more.

Explore our support hub for answers to questions around our software and services.

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