Succeeding within payroll employment

Portfolio Payroll are experts in what type of person businesses should seek when looking to fill payroll vacancies, while also offering guidance on the opportunities available to candidates when looking to succeed in this extremely rewarding career.

We aim to ensure candidates understand payroll department structures and the relevant qualifications that can improve promotion possibilities.

Where to start?

Previous experience isn’t always needed to get started in payroll, although it is a career for the numerically minded and in most cases, candidates will be expected to have the following:

  • GCSE Maths and English
  • Demonstrable literacy and numeracy skills
  • Computer skills such as Excel and Word

Internal training will usually take place for junior payroll administrators. They will gain hands on experience and the develop the skills required for the future.

Career progression

Payroll careers can be incredibly varied, with positions in both the public and private sector within businesses of all sizes

After gaining initial knowledge and hands on experience as a junior payroll administrator, there may be opportunities to progress into to supervisory or management roles, depending on experience.

In many cases, payroll career progression follows this route:

  • Junior payroll administrator
  • Payroll assistant
  • Senior payroll administrator
  • Payroll manager

Further studies

To further the chance of promotion, employees should consider the available courses:

  • Employers may sponsor younger employees to take qualifications such as BTEC Level 4 – 5
  • IPP Foundation in Payroll Administrator is aimed at employees with two years or less experience
  • IPP Diploma in Payroll Management for those looking to move into more senior positions

Both businesses and jobseekers can speak to Portfolio Payroll about opportunities within payroll, whether that’s matching the right candidates for vacant payroll administrator or management positions, or ensuring you are successful in getting the job you want.

Call 020 7247 2882 to speak to our experienced recruitment team, or for more information email

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