Career outlook for payroll administrator
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
Payroll administrators are responsible for processing peoples wages. In this job, you’d create, store and maintain employee payroll records which details things like their attendance or timesheets, as well as the hours they work and the pay grade they’re on.
Mainly working on a computer, you'd keep records up-to-date to make sure all employees are paid the correct amount on time.
It's important to be very thorough in this kind of work and incredibly organised and timely as they work to strict deadlines. It's also necessary to have to have good numeracy and ICT skills.
What you might do:
- Prepare and process monthly or weekly payroll for employees
- Keep payroll records for each employee with up-to-date and accurate information
- Review any approved expenses or overtime pay that an employee may be entitled to
- Update employee records with any changes that might include maternity pay, sick pay or new work patterns that might affect their pay
- Communicate any payroll updates or changes to managers or colleagues
- Answer staff queries about their pay slips and resolving any issues where possible
- Create financial reports
- Calculate tax and national insurance and process salaries accordingly
- Issue employees with their P45, tax forms and any other necessary documents
UK employment status
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- Written communication
- Problem solving
- Working with numbers
- Attention to detail
- Developing a plan
- Time management
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