How to become a payroll manager
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
- specialist training with 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 also do a T Level in Accounting and apply for trainee payroll manager roles. You could gain further qualifications on the job, through part-time study or a higher apprenticeship.
With payroll experience you may then be able to move into a managerial position.
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
Apprenticeships relevant to this role include:
- advanced Payroll administrator
- higher Payroll assistant manager
You may be able to work your way up from these apprenticeships, with experience, to a managerial position.
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 start as a payroll administrator and get training and experience on the job. You'll usually need several years' experience in payroll before moving into management.
You may be able to join a payroll department if you've worked as a manager elsewhere, although you will need experience in accounts.
Courses are available from introductory basics through to foundation degree level and higher. It's recommended that you're working in a payroll department to do the higher level qualifications.
You'll need a good understanding of payroll legislation.
You'll find more advice about careers in payroll from The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals.