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

Useful experience for payroll officers includes:

  • cash-handling
  • accounting work
  • office or administrative work
  • human resources experience.

Personal Qualities

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.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for payroll officers includes:

  • cash-handling
  • accounting work
  • office or administrative work
  • human resources experience.

Subject Recommendations

No specific secondary education is required for this job, but English, maths, accounting and digital technologies to NCEA Level 2 are useful.

Payroll Officers can earn around $45K-$60K per year per year.

Payroll officers may progress to other finance roles or into human resources.

Payroll Officer

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