How to become a payroll administrator
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
- a specialist course run by a professional body
You can do an introductory course in bookkeeping and payroll, which can be studied at a college or by distance learning. Courses include:
- Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping
- Level 1 Certificate in Payroll
- Level 1 or 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping
You could do a T Level in Accounting and then apply for trainee positions. This may give you the chance to work towards further qualifications on the job through part-time study or a payroll apprenticeship.
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
Apprenticeships relevant to this role include:
- advanced Payroll assistant
- higher Payroll assistant manager
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
You could apply directly for job vacancies. Some employers will expect you to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including maths.
While experience in payroll isn't always essential, a background in bookkeeping and accounts could help improve your job prospects.
You can do qualifications offered by The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals to help get into this job. Qualifications vary from introductory courses to postgraduate level.
You can find out more about careers in payroll from The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals.