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Payroll Administrator

Operating the payroll and all associated administrative payroll tasks for an organisation.


Approved for delivery on the 13/06/2018, the payroll administrator, Advanced apprenticeship standard provides a level 3, upon completion. This apprenticeship will typically take 18 months to complete, not including the End-Point Assessment Period.

What the course covers

Typically, payroll administrators are in charge of setting up and operating the payroll within an organisation in which they are employed; however, occasionally payroll administrators can also work on behalf of another organisation. Apprentices can expect to work within a business, a payroll bureau, a bookkeeping or accounting practice, or a professional services company. Often the role sits within the HR or financial services department.

Payroll administrators work as both individuals and within teams, depending on the size of the employer. If you are working within a smaller organisation, it’s essential that you feel confident and able to take responsibly for the standard and quality of your work. As well as working directly on the payroll, you may also be asked to complete some routine and non-routine payroll-related calculations and tasks.

As a payroll administrator, your essential duties will include gathering, creating and processing payroll related information to ensure employees are paid on time and complying with legislative and contractual obligations. Other responsibilities may consist of internal and external reporting of payroll information to deadlines, effectively communicating with employees and working to relevant ethical and professional standards.

Careers and jobs associated

  • Payroll Administrator
  • Payroll Junior
  • Payroll Assistant
  • Payroll Officer
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Payroll Advisor
  • Payroll Executive
  • Payroll Analyst
  • Reward Administrator
  • Bureau Administrator
  • HR and Payroll Officer.

If you would like to find out more about this apprenticeship standard, including possible duties of the role, skills and assessment method visit the Institute for Apprenticeships.

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