Payroll Administrator Level 3

This Apprenticeship will last for 15 months, with the Apprentice coming into their local Academy throughout the programme.

The Level 3 Diploma in Payroll Admin covers the theoretical knowledge and demonstration of the use of various tables and publications issued by HMRC and the demonstration of how to carry out computerised handling of payroll related matters.


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Module 1
Business and Customer Awareness

The payroll function is different depending on the sector in which the organisation is operating. In order to create, process, validate and report payroll-related information, it is essential to know the environment in which the organisation exists.

Module 2
Pensions for payroll

The Payroll and Pension professions are intrinsically linked. Achieve an overview of the pension landscape as it affects payroll, for example the different types of schemes, the UK systems of tax relief and the relevance of the State Pension.

Module 3
Technical Payroll

To ensure the organisation meets its payroll-related statutory and contractual obligations, understand the technical aspects of payroll for the accurate calculation of gross through to net pay. This includes the calculation of the statutory payments and deductions.

Module 4
Regulation and Compliance

Payroll is governed by regulation and compliance standards which must be applied in the workplace. A Payroll Administrator will understand how to apply the regulatory, compliance and legislative environment for the technical payroll aspects above.

Module 5
Systems and Processes

Payroll information is created, verified and reported via a combination of systems and processes, such as the payroll software itself, finance, HR and IT systems. A working knowledge of these is fundamental.

Module 6
Planning and Prioritisation

Proactively takes responsibility for planning, organising and prioritising their workload and time in order to successfully achieve results within deadlines. Positively performs in pressurised situations responding to changes where necessary.

Module 7

Using the Knowledge requirements in ‘Payroll’ as they apply at the workplace, correctly judges and interprets information to make effective decisions on data processing. This is with the overall aim of ensuring payroll deadlines are met. Assumes ownership through to resolution.

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