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Job Description

Payroll assistants will either work for an organisation in their accounts department or for a payroll bureau that provides payroll services for other organisations.  They will check employees hours, calculate pay including overtime, commission (if applicable), expenses and pay increases and generally ensure that employers get paid the right amount on the right day.

Entry Requirements

There are no set requirements. You’ll be expected to have relevant office skills, like email, using the internet and computer packages like Excel.

Good maths skills are important, and some employers may also expect you to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent.

Experience in payroll isn’t always essential, but a background in bookkeeping and accounts could help improve your job prospects.

The International Association of Book-keepers (IAB) and The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) offer introductory courses in bookkeeping and payroll.

You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Career Path and Progression

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

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Accounting technician
  • Bookkeeper
  • Data entry clerk
  • Payroll manager

Required Skills

  • Good numerical and IT skills
  • A methodical approach
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills 
  • Good organisational and time management skills

Starting Salary

£15,000 to £28,000

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