Payroll Clerk Jobs

In Payroll Clerk Jobs, the individual oversees efficient and accurate employee pay on the right day. A payroll clerk finds out how many hours each employee has worked and calculates their pay, taking into account overtime, sick pay and student loans.

As a payroll clerk, you will also deduct income tax, National Insurance and pension contributions. As part of your job, a payroll clerk will also liaise with the human resources department and with HM Revenue and Customs.

A senior payroll clerk manages the work of a number of payroll teams, gives advice on laws covering pay, working hours, tax and benefits, as well as implementing payroll policies and business strategy.

Requirements and duties for Payroll Clerks

A payroll clerk should be:

  • confident with numbers and calculations
  • have computer skills
  • be organised accurate and methodical
  • enjoy working with people

Expected salary working in payroll jobs

Payroll clerk jobs will usually work 37 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Part-time work may be available for a payroll clerk depending on the size of the organisation. A payroll clerk will spend most of their job at a desk in an office.

Salaries for payroll clerk jobs may range from around £18,000 to £25,000 for senior or qualified payroll clerks.

Typical Job Locations

Payroll clerk jobs may work for large organisations including local authorities, retail chains, manufacturers, airlines, financial institutions and hospitals. There are also opportunities for a payroll clerk within payroll bureau which offer payroll services to other organisations.


There are no minimum entry requirements for a payroll clerk job, but employers may look for some GCSEs/S grades (A-C/1-3) including English and Maths. A payroll clerk may have higher qualifications. It may be possible to train in a payroll clerk post through an apprenticeship scheme.

Career/Job Development

Payroll clerk jobs will have a mix of on-the-job training and courses. It may be possible for a payroll clerk to work towards qualifications such as NVQ/SVQ Levels 2 and 3 in Payroll Administration.

An experienced payroll clerk with relevant qualifications may be promoted to supervisor/payroll manager.

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