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.


  • Records and checks accuracy of daily financial transactions
  • Prepares provisional balances and reconciles these with appropriate accounts
  • Supervises payroll team and develops payroll systems and procedures
  • Calculates and records hours worked, wages due, deductions and voluntary contributions
  • Processes holiday, sick and maternity pay and travel and subsistence expenses
  • Compiles schedules and distributes or arranges distribution of wages and salaries
  • Calculates costs and overheads and prepares analyses for management.

Entry Requirements

There are no minimum academic requirements, although entrants typically possess GCSEs/S grades or equivalent qualifications, and maths may be required. Training is typically provided on-the-job. NVQs/SVQs in relevant areas are available, and apprenticeships may be available in some areas.

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