Payroll administrator

Payroll administrators make sure employees get paid the right amount on the right date.

Potential salary
£15,000 to £28,000
Working hours
37 to 39 a week
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • administration skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work on your own
  • maths knowledge
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • knowledge of English language
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Your day-to-day duties will usually include:

  • checking how many hours employees have worked
  • calculating and issuing pay by cash, cheque or electronic transfer
  • deducting tax and national insurance payments
  • processing holiday, sick and maternity pay, and expenses
  • calculating overtime, shift payments and pay increases
  • answering staff queries about timesheets or pay slips
  • issuing P45s and other tax forms

You could work in an office.

With experience, you could progress to payroll supervisor or manager.

You can find out more about careers in payroll from The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals.

Data from National Careers Service.
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