Payroll positions make sure that all the employees of an organisation are paid the right amount on the right day.  A payroll clerk finds out how many hours each employee has worked and calculate their pay, taking into account overtime, sick pay and student loans etc. 

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

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

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 £30,000 for senior or qualified payroll clerks.

Payroll Clerk Jobs responsibilities

A payroll clerk should be:

  • confident with numbers and calculations

  • have computer skills

  • be organised accurate and methodical

  • enjoy working with people

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 bureaux which offer payroll services to other organisations.

Payroll Clerk Jobs qualifications

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.

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.

If you think that your qualifications and experience will be of benefit to a company that is in need of payroll expertise, then please browse our available opportunities. 

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