Payroll manager jobs are varied. The Head of Payroll will run a payroll department or team, which is responsible for making sure that wages are paid correctly and on time, wages can be paid weekly, fortnightly or monthly. 

Accountancy teams in every office will have their payroll team setup in such a way that the Payroll Manager will take ownership of staff pay.  Payroll Manager Jobs exist all over Scotland from Glasgow, Edinburgh and everywhere in between. 

Responsibilities of a Payroll Manager

  • Supervising and training the payroll team

  • Introducing payroll policies and procedures

  • Advising on Inland revenue policies and procedures

  • Managing computer software and systems

  • Analysing and reporting on financial data.

In some environments payroll manager jobs duties may include some human resources responsibilities, including running employee benefits schemes and conducting pay reviews.

Payroller qualifications & experience

To gain a payroll manager job you will usually start as a payroll administrator, and work your way up to supervisor and then take a job as a payroll manager. Effective skillsets require you to possess a good standard of computer literacy, particularly in using spreadsheets. You’ll be familiar with the Purchase Ledger and have worked in similar jobs. 

Jobs as payroll managers require you to possess a good standard of computer literacy, particularly in using spreadsheets. 

Payroll Manager jobs usually have one of the following certificates:-

  • CIPP Institute of Payroll Professionals

  • AAT Association of Accounting Technicians

  • CIPP Advanced Diploma in Payroll Management

  • CIPP Masters Degree (MSc) in Payroll and Business Management

As payroll policies and procedures can change often it is part of the payroll manager jobs to keep up to date with them. 

Salary and earning potential

Payrollers can start out earning between £20,000 to £25,000 and work their way into Head of Payroll and earn up to £50,000. The salary insight is correct for roles in Glasgow, Scotland at the start of 2020.

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