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Payroll managers manage the payroll department within an organisation. 

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £22,000 to £50,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need up to 5 years’ experience in payroll before progressing into management.

You’ll also need a good knowledge of payroll legislation.

It’ll help if you have a payroll qualification from either Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) or International Association of Book-keepers (IAB).

You may be able to join a payroll department with experience as a manager or team leader in another type of office environment, but you’ll usually need some experience of accounts.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • the ability to lead and motivate a team
  • good maths and IT skills
  • logical thinking and problem-solving ability
  • a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • the ability to manage your time and meet deadlines

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • supervising and training the payroll team
  • creating payroll policies and procedures
  • advising on tax and pay laws
  • managing computer software and systems
  • analysing and reporting on financial data
  • checking and auditing payroll to make sure regulations are met
  • 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

4. Salary

Starter: £22,000 to £25,000

Experienced: £30,000 to £40,000

Highly Experienced: £50,000 or more

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. 

You’ll usually be based in an office and spend most of your time at a computer.

6. 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.

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Last updated: 13 September 2018