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Payroll Supervisor Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Payroll Supervisor. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Payroll Supervisor
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Payroll Supervisor Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Payroll supervisors manage the routine daily work of a payroll section. Duties and responsibilities include staff training, briefing the team on company policy and legal requirements, calculating and issuing pay by cash, cheque or electronic transfer, ensuring tax and national insurance payments are deducted correctly, calculating overtime and shift payments, and implementing pay increases. They also process and record holiday, sick and maternity pay, expenses, and liaise with personnel departments to issue P45 forms and pay staff who are leaving.

Payroll managers also help to create payroll policies and procedures, advise management about legislation, ensure that computer software and systems are efficient and up to date, and interpret and present financial data.

Hours and Environment

Most payroll supervisors and managers work a 37 hour week, Monday to Friday. Some flexibility or longer hours may be required at busy times.

The work is office-based.

Skills and Interests

To be a payroll supervisor or manager you should:

  • be numerate
  • have supervisory skills
  • be able to deal with complex legislation
  • be a clear and logical thinker
  • have good IT skills
  • be a good communicator
  • be able to work in a team
  • be able to work to deadlines
  • be well-organised and pay attention to detail.


The usual method of entry is to start work as a trainee, helping more experienced staff and doing routine clerical and computer work. There is a clearly defined system of qualifications to help you progress to payroll administrator, and then to payroll supervisor and payroll manager.

There are no minimum entry requirements but most employers would look for some GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3), particularly in English and maths.

Those from a related background like bookkeeping or accounts may find their experience useful. The Institute of Payroll and Pensions Management (IPPM) Foundation in Payroll Administration is a useful qualification to acquire.


Training is given while in post. There may be the opportunity to study for relevant qualifications. These include:

NVQ/SVQs in Payroll Administration at Levels 2 and 3. Successful completion of both levels gives automatic affiliation to the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

The Institute of Payroll and Pensions Management (IPPM) offers the Foundation in Payroll Administration, the Payroll Team Management Certificate, and the Diploma in Payroll Management.

The IPPM and the University of Derby offer an MSc in Payroll Management.


Opportunities exist in large organisations such as local authorities, retail chains, manufacturers, airlines, banks and hospitals. There are also payroll bureaux which look after the payrolls of a number of client companies.

There is usually a clearly-defined promotion structure from payroll supervisor to payroll manager.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

The starting salary for a payroll supervisor begins at around £13,000.
With more experience, earnings reach around £17,500.
A payroll manager can earn up to £30,000.

Further information

Institute of Payroll and Pensions Management
Shelly House
Farmhouse Way
West Midlands
B90 4EH
Tel: 0121 712 1000

Association of Accounting Technicians
154 Clerkenwell Road
Tel: 020 7837 8600

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• Analyst
• Auditor
• Company Secretary
• Cost Accountant
• Director
• Finance Manager
• Financial Controller
• Forensic Accountant
• Interim Manager
• Life Accountant
• Management Accountant
• Practice Manager
• Practice Partner
• Project Accountant
• Syndicate Accountant
• Systems Accountant
• Tax Accountant
• Trust Accountant
• Accounts Admin
• Assistant Accountant
• Credit Controller
• Graduate Trainee
• Ledger Clerk
• Legal Cashier
• Part Qualified
• Accounts Payroller
• Practice Accountant.

Other Useful Payroll Supervisor Work Information

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