How to become a Payroll Administrator

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Do you like to keep in control of the purse strings? You should be a Payroll Administrator…

Becoming a Payroll Administrator involves making sure staff members are paid correctly, and on time. It means that you’ll be working with large sums of money on a daily basis, and to strict payment deadlines to make sure everyone gets exactly the right amount, at the right time.

Typical duties for a Payroll Administrator include:

  • Calculating hours staff members have worked
  • Calculating and deducting tax, national insurance and pension payments
  • Adding any statutory payments necessary, including maternity/paternity and sick pay
  • Incorporating additional pay, such as overtime, bonuses or salary increases
  • Processing payment documentation for new starters/leavers, including issuing P45s

To be successful as a Payroll Administrator, first and foremost, you need to be good with numbers. Calculations can often be complicated, and with deadlines approaching, the ability to stay calm and collected is also essential.

Flexibility, and strong communication skills are other necessities.

Other key skills include:

  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to solve complex problems quickly and efficiently
  • Trustworthiness, discretion, and the ability to maintain confidentiality at all times
  • PAYE experience is advantageous
  • Proficiency in all areas of Microsoft Word, including Excel

Payroll Administrator

Up to 25,000

Payroll Manager

Up to 35,000

HR Manager

Up to 40,000

Being a Payroll Administrator is great, but it also comes with a lot of pressure. You have to make sure all your calculations are correct for everyone to get paid properly, and for a big company with hundreds of employees it can be a huge responsibility. But if you love working with numbers and doing a job that really matters, it doesn't get much better.

Get qualified

It is not a necessary requirement to have a degree to become a Payroll Administrator. However, it is recommended to have some qualifications specific to the industry like the Level 1 & 2 Sage Package and Sage 50 Accounts course.


Level 1 & 2 Sage 50 Computerised Payroll

This level 1 & 2 online course package covers the fundamentals of the payroll process, leading to becoming Sage Certified, ensuring the efficient, stress-free running of the payroll you control while also improving your career prospects.

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Sage 50 Accounts & Payroll Management

This course is comprehensive and designed to cover the following key topics relating to Payroll Administration.

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