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Job Description

The Payroll Manager will organise payroll for companies/organisations ensuring that their employees get paid on time. They will manage payroll administrators and ensure that they are up to date with payroll legislation.

Other duties may include:

  • Creating policies and procedures
  • Manage the computer software and systems 
  • Analysing and reporting on financial data
  • Checking and auditing payroll to make sure regulations are met

They will also need to ensure that all of the required information is sent to HMRC.

Entry Requirements

You can get into this job through:


You can start with an advanced apprenticeship as a payroll administrator then move into management as your experience grows.

You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship.

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You could start as a payroll administrator and get training and experience on the job. You'll usually need several years' experience in payroll before moving into management.

Direct Application

You may be able to join a payroll department if you've worked as a manager elsewhere, although you will need experience in accounts.

Other Routes

You could take qualifications in payroll like those offered by The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals or the International Association of Bookkeepers.

Courses are available from introductory basics through to foundation degree level and higher. It's recommended that you're working in a payroll department to do the higher level qualifications.

Career tips

You'll need a good understanding of payroll legislation.

You'll find more advice about careers in payroll from The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could work in the finance department of larger companies or public sector organisations like local authorities or the NHS. 

You could move into pensions management or do further training to qualify as an accountant. 

You could also work for a payroll bureau that provides payroll services to other companies.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Management accountant
  • Payroll administrator
  • Supervisor

Required Skills

  • Good mathematical and IT skills
  • Excellent communication abilities
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • An organised approach
  • The ability to lead and motivate a team
  • Able to time manage effectively to meet deadlines
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Respect for confidential information
  • Good problem solving abilities

Salary Range

£22,000 to £50,000

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