Payroll job roles and responsibilities

With so many sectors and different types of jobs in payroll, there is no such thing as a traditional career route. However, many people still do take a traditional route from payroll administrator to director. The pages below provide an overview of the roles and responsibilites at each level.

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Payroll administrator/assistant job overview

Payroll/pensions administrator is the entry point for many people into the industry

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Payroll officer overview

Payroll officers still do admin work but have more responsibilities, such as client management.

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Payroll manager overview

Payroller managers manage their team of experienced payroll administrators to ensure the department is running smoothly

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Payroll director overview

The payroll director has overall responsibility for all payroll teams, but also for the strategy of the payroll department as a whole