£17,680 Average salary at age 20
£31,720 Average Salary
35 Average hours per week


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.

Main Tasks

  • 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.


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.

What Book-keepers, payroll managers and wages clerks studied in higher education

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What Book-keepers, payroll managers and wages clerks studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L7) Human & social geography1
(G1) Mathematics6
(W2) Design studies1
(L3) Sociology2
(C1) Biology1
(C8) Psychology3
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments1
(W3) Music1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(Q3) English studies2
(L2) Politics1
(N5) Marketing1
(M1) Law by area2
(M2) Law by topic1
(I2) Information systems1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport2
(P5) Journalism1
(N6) Human resource management1
(F3) Physics1
(L1) Economics5
(N1) Business studies12
(N4) Accounting27
(C6) Sport & exercise science1
(P3) Media studies1
(N2) Management studies3
(V1) History by period3
(N3) Finance10
(I1) Computer science1

UK Prospects

484600 Workforce Size
2.35% Predicted decline 2024 - 2027
50068 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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