Job group: Book-keepers, payroll managers and wages clerks

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.

How this information can help you

If you know what is happening in the labour market, it can help you to make realistic decisions about:

  • what you want to do in your career
  • what industry you want to work in
  • how much you need to earn
  • where you want to work
  • qualifications and training you’ll need to do your job

The information on this page will give you the facts you need to help you make those decisions.

Source: LMI for all. Read more about our information sources.

This information is based on past employment trends. It may not reflect up-to-date information about the job market, particularly the impact of Covid-19. This information can help you make a career decision but should not be your only reason for making a career choice.

You can speak to a careers adviser for more information.

Future job growth

This information tells you whether jobs in a sector are likely to go up or down in the future.

-5.9%Job decline

Top industries in this job group

Find out which sectors or industries are the biggest employers of the job you are interested in. This can help you look for vacancies in the right places.

Industries Employment
Legal & accounting 67,561
Wholesale trade 35,900
Retail trade 27,846
Head offices, etc 22,420
Specialised construction 21,099
Services to buildings 19,474
Real estate 15,070
Architectural & related 13,830
Construction 13,518
Food & beverage services 13,261

Employment by region

See which areas of the country have the most opportunities for the job you want to do. It can help you weigh up whether you're likely to get a job near home or if you could improve your chances by moving or travelling to another area.

Region Employment
East Midlands (England) 32,623
East of England 41,365
London 63,333
North East (England) 14,536
North West (England) 61,332
South East (England) 62,316
South West (England) 36,576
West Midlands (England) 46,658
Yorkshire and the Humber 38,264

Qualification level

Explore the typical qualification level held by people in this job group. This can help you to see what sorts of skills and training you might need.

Level 6

The majority of people employed in this role will hold a BA/BSc degree with honours, degree apprenticeship, graduate diploma or level 6 NVQ.

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