Payroll Clerk

Payroll Clerks work to assure that companies pay their employees accurately and in a timely fashion. They organise and collect timesheets and document information surrounding employees and pay periods as necessary. They also double-check timesheets to make sure they correspond properly with yearly salaries, hourly wages, overtime, sick days, and vacation time.

Duties and tasks

  • Answer employee questions concerning paychecks/timesheets
  • Assist with end-of-the year tax preparation and payment reconciliations
  • End to end payroll processing
  • Maintain and update employee records in the payroll system
  • Maintain manual employee payroll records
  • Speak with employees about compensation claims and assist in processing them

Skills required

  • Data entry and numerical calculation skills
  • Demonstrated payroll processing experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Understanding of payroll laws and processes and ability to interpret and apply this legislation effectively

Working conditions

Payroll Clerks work in many different settings, including large hectic offices and small quiet ones. Much of the work is done while seat at a desk, and it usual involves routine, repetitive tasks. Most payroll clerks work forty hour weeks on a typical 9-5 schedule and belong to a labour union.

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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