Payroll clerk

Make sure that staff are paid correctly and on-time.

Duties and tasks

  • Archiving files for resigned, retired or fired employees
  • Correcting any problems with employees payroll checks
  • Creating payroll files for new employees
  • Factoring overtime, bonuses and vacations
  • Getting the proper government forms from new employees
  • Maintaining all employees payroll records
  • Prepare payroll through the use of employee time cards or time sheets
  • Processing payroll checks

Skills required

  • Ability to use computer and other office equipment
  • Analytical thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • Good communication skills
  • Good time management skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Impeccable math skills
  • Problem solving 

Working conditions

Payroll Clerks work in very fast paced offices. Because payroll data must be compiled days prior to the issuance of paychecks, the office is extremely hectic the closer it gets to payday. The offices are usually climate controlled which makes working in this position comfortable year round.

Professional associations / Industry information

CPA Australia

CPA Australia is one of the worlds largest accounting bodies with a membership of more than 139,000 finance, accounting and business professionals across the globe.

Institute of Public Accountants

The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) is a professional organisation for accountants recognised for their practical, hands-on skills and a broad understanding of the total business environment.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia is the professional body representing Chartered Accountants in Australia.

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