Payroll officer overview

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Once you have been in payroll for a few years and have a comfortable grasp on payroll processing, you might progress onto payroll officer.

What is a payroll officer?

Payroll officers still do the admin work carried out by a payroll administrator, but have more responsibilities, such as client management, based on their increased knowledge, skills and work experience in the payroll industry.

Skills and experience needed

  • Payroll experience is a prerequisite
  • A sound knowledge of pension schemes
  • Experience working with payroll software
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • A good team-player with excellent communication and customer focus skills

Duties and responsibilities

  • Set up payroll for new clients
  • Keep up to date with and ensure that payroll regulations and tax laws are followed
  • Share technical knowledge within the business
  • Build relationships with stakeholders and their employees

Qualifications you may need

Looking to become fully qualified? Click below for details of our professional payroll qualifications suitable for payroll officers:


The CIPP offers many payroll training courses suitable for payroll officers, just click below to see full details of each course.

At this level you would benefit from membership of the CIPP at associate level.