Payroll manager

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. You will be repsonsible for managing and maintaining payroll information through the company's system. This will include directing the collection, calculation and entry of data (all of which will be done accurately).

​As a Payroll Manager, you will run the Payroll department and will need to ensure your team is paying wages correctly and on time. This requires time management skills as wages can be paid weekly, fortnightly, or monthly.

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, a Payroll Manager's duties may include some human resources responsibilities, including running employee benefits schemes and conducting pay reviews.

Payroll qualifications & experience

To gain a Payroll Manager job, you will usually start as a Payroll Administrator or Clerk, and work your way up to Supervisor and then take a job as a Payroll Manager. Effective skill sets 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 a similar job before. 

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 often change, it is part of the Payroll Manager's job to keep up to date with them. 

Salary and earning potential

Payroll jobs can start out earning between £20,000 to £25,000 and work their way into Head of Payroll or Payroll Manager and earn up to £50,000.

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