Book-keeper, payroll manager or wages clerk

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Book-keepers, payroll managers and wages clerks maintain and balance records of financial transactions, oversee the operation of payroll functions and calculate hours worked, wages due and other relevant contributions and deductions.

Current Entry Requirements

There are no minimum academic requirements, although entrants typically possess GCSEs/S grades or equivalent qualifications, and maths may be required. Training is typically provided on-the-job. NVQs/SVQs in relevant areas are available, and apprenticeships may be available in some areas.

Typical education level:

Level 1-3

Typical Tasks

  • Records and checks accuracy of daily financial transactions.
  • Prepares provisional balances and reconciles these with appropriate accounts.
  • Supervises payroll team and develops payroll systems and procedures.
  • Calculates and records hours worked, wages due, deductions and voluntary contributions.
  • Processes holiday, sick and maternity pay and travel and subsistence expenses.
  • Compiles schedules and distributes or arranges distribution of wages and salaries.
  • Calculates costs and overheads and prepares analyses for management.
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