Payroll Officer Āpiha Utu Kaimahi
Payroll officers arrange payment of staff salaries and wages.
Payroll officers may do some or all of the following:
- calculate pay, tax, student loan and superannuation deductions for staff
- manage the payroll system for the organisation
- check what hours staff have worked, and what leave they've taken
- arrange for staff to be paid correctly and on time
- forward information to government agencies
- keep staff records up to date
- ensure the organisation complies with the law.
Useful experience for payroll officers includes:
- accounting work
- office or administrative work
- human resources experience.
Payroll officers need to be:
- analytical, organised and accurate, with an eye for detail
- good at problem solving
- honest, reliable and able to keep information private
- good at record-keeping
- able to work well under pressure and prioritise deadlines
- good at communicating.
Payroll officers need to have knowledge of:
- employment law and the tax system
- accounting, information and payment systems.
- usually work regular business hours, but may work weekends or evenings to meet deadlines
- work in offices.
No specific secondary education is required for this job, but English, maths, accounting and digital technologies to NCEA Level 2 are useful.
Years Of Training
There are no specific requirements to become a payroll officer. However, a business or accounting degree, or Level 5 diploma in business or management is useful.
New payroll officers usually get on-the-job training in how to use in-house systems.