The introduction to payroll gives detailed training on the fundamental elements of payroll processing with practical examples, such as calculating income tax, National Insurance contributions (NICs) and various deductions from pay.

Please note: Materials for this course will be made available via an online platform, however a selection of this materials will need to be printed off and brought with you on the day. Login details for the online platform will be sent to you 10 days before the course start date. If you have any problems or questions, please email


Who is this course aimed at?

The introduction to payroll course is ideal for those new to payroll that require training on the fundamental elements of payroll processing, such as calculating deductions from pay.

What will I learn?

This comprehensive two-day course covers the core payroll skills required to administer the payroll function and calculate gross pay and statutory deductions. It provides a good basic knowledge of court orders, student loans, and starter and leaver processing.

Delegates are given the skills and understanding necessary to manually calculate income tax, NICs and other statutory deductions, together with a broad knowledge of payroll and statutory obligations including Real Time Information reporting, reducing the risk of offences and penalties.

Course content

  • Introduction
    • Glossary of terminologies
    • Key forms and dates
  • Basic payroll obligations
    • Pay statement
    • Contracts of employment
  • The gross to net process
    • Build up to gross pay
    • National Insurance
    • Income tax
    • Pensions
    • Attachment orders
    • Voluntary deductions
    • Student Loan Deductions
    • Other statutory deductions
  • Earnings
    • What counts as earnings
    • Benefits In Kind (BIK)
    • Payment/earnings period
  • Deductions
    • Employment Rights Act 1996
    • Types of deductions
  • Starters and leavers
    • Leavers statement
  • Payrolling benefits
    • Benefits that can/cannot be payrolled
    • Calculating values
  • HMRC remittances
    • Reconciliations
    • When and how to make payments
  • Real-time information (RTI) reporting
    • Electronic returns
    • Deadline
  • End of year obligations
    • Returns to be filed
    • Processes for changes following year-end
  • Penalties and fines
    • Key issues

Course aims

On completion of this comprehensive two-day course, delegates should be able to:

  • Manually calculate the gross to net function demonstrating a broad knowledge of payroll and statutory obligations, including real time information reporting
  • Correctly handle starter and leaver payments
  • Minimise the potential risk for offences and penalties

Booking information

For more information please email or call us on 0121 712 1063. 

Closing date for bookings is two weeks prior to the course date.

In-house delivery

The CIPP can offer in-house delivery on most training courses.

In-house delivery can be very attractive for organisations as they can train large numbers of employees* at a reduced rate, without the additional associated costs, such as travel and 'lost time'.

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*Minimum number of delegates apply