If you're good with numbers and would like an important role in an office, this job could suit you.
As a payroll administrator or clerk, it would be your job to make sure that people are paid correctly and on time. You might work in a company's finance department, or for a bureau that provides payroll services for other companies.
In this job you'll need good general office skills, such as IT skills. Your organisational and time management skills will be very important and you'll also need to pay close attention to detail and work accurately.
Your work would typically include:
In some jobs you might also do general administrative work such as filing, photocopying and typing.
In a full-time job you would typically work standard office hours, Monday to Friday. Part-time and temporary work are both widely available.
You would be office-based and spend a lot of your time working at a computer.
Starting salaries are typically between £13,000 and £18,000 a year. This can rise to between £20,000 and £25,000, with experience and increased responsibility.
There are around 50,000 people in the UK who work wholly in payroll and a further 50,000 where payroll is part of their job. Payroll staff are employed by organisations in every industry sector, including:
- Local Government
- The NHS
Some payroll staff work for payroll bureaux. These are organisations that undertake payroll services on behalf of employers that do not have their own payroll departments.
Vacancies may be advertised in local newspapers, and by Connexions centres, Jobcentre Plus offices and recruitment agencies. Many vacancies are also advertised on recruitment websites.
You will find it helpful to have previous experience of book-keeping, accounts or other types of office work. Computer experience is also useful, particularly in using spreadsheets and databases.
You don't always need specific qualifications, but you should feel comfortable with maths. However, you may have an advantage with a qualification in book-keeping or basic accounting, and some employers may prefer you to have some GCSE's (A-C) including maths.
You may be able to get into this job through an Apprenticeship scheme. The range of Apprenticeships available in your area will depend on the local jobs market and the types of skills employers need from their workers. To find out more about Apprenticeships, visit the Apprenticeships website.
You will usually develop your skills on the job whilst helping experienced staff with routine clerical and computer work. Your training may include the use of specialist payroll and accounting software such as Sage or Pegasus.
You may have the opportunity to study for qualifications whilst you are working, such as:
With greater experience and responsibility, you could take more advanced qualifications from IPP, including:
You should continue to develop your skills and keep up to date with payroll law throughout your career.
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A payroll administrator needs:
You could work for large companies or public sector organisations like local authorities or the NHS.
Alternatively, you might be employed by a payroll bureau.
With experience, you could progress to payroll supervisor or manager.
Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT),
140 Aldersgate Street, London EC1A 4HY
Tel: 0845 863 0800
Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP),
Shelly House, Farmhouse Way, Monkspath,
Solihull B90 4EH
Tel: 0121 712 1000
International Association of Book-keepers (IAB),
40 Churchill Square, Kings Hill,
West Malling, Kent ME19 4YU
Tel: 01732 897750
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