Payroll administrator apprenticeship

Set up and operate payroll within an organisation

In medium and large organisations, as a payroll administrator, you may work as part of a team, often reporting to a team leader, supervisor or manager. In smaller organisations, you may also have responsibility for the accurate and timely completion of routine and non-routine payroll-related calculations and other information. The main duties for which you’ll be trained on the payroll administrator apprenticeship include gathering, creating and processing related information to ensure employees are paid on time and accurately. This work will be carried out via software, though its use must be accompanied by the ability to perform the work manually. You’ll also learn how to comply with legislative and contractual obligations, and carry out internal and external reporting of information to different and sometimes strict deadlines.


Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: Maths, ICT

Entry requirements for the payroll administrator apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £20,000 per annum

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