Book-keepers, Payroll Managers and Wages Clerks

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.


New workers

New workers start around £8,462. Normal pay is £24,394 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £42,826.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 585,128 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Calculates costs and overheads and prepares analyses for management.

  • Compiles schedules and distributes or arranges distribution of wages and salaries.

  • Processes holiday, sick and maternity pay and travel and subsistence expenses.

  • Calculates and records hours worked, wages due, deductions and voluntary contributions.

  • Supervises payroll team and develops payroll systems and procedures.

  • Prepares provisional balances and reconciles these with appropriate accounts.

  • Records and checks accuracy of daily financial transactions.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Invoicing

  • Finance

  • Accounting

  • Accounts Payable

  • Ledgers (Accounting)

  • Reconciliation

  • Bookkeeping

  • Bank Reconciliations

  • Credit Control

  • Accounts Receivable

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Detail Oriented

  • Management

  • Microsoft Excel

  • Sales

  • Organizational Skills

  • Customer Service

  • Microsoft Office

  • Problem Solving

  • Time Management

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.