If you are looking for a new career in a professional financial environment you may be interested in learning more about payroll.

Likewise if you are a business owner and / or just about to take on staff you may be interested to learn more about what’s involved in payroll as a function.

This week it’s National Payroll Week, which was established by the CIPP in 1998 to celebrate the payroll profession and to give it the recognition it deserves! So, to celebrate this we thought we would promote the work our very own payroll department at Robson Laidler (RL) does to keep businesses compliant and employees paid. on time, every time.

National Payroll Week

Payroll have an easy job … don’t they?

Well, not as easy as you might think…

Payroll is traditionally seen as a back-office expense. However, over the last 18-months departments have been tested to the extremes and have demonstrated their worth in their dedication to employees and employers.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, our payroll team were identified as essential workers of the financial services provision, in keeping the UK paid.

RL’s payroll department experienced a drastically increased workload because of CJRS, resulting in late night and weekend working.

Payroll had to understand, advise, and answer client queries for a brand-new scheme for which the details were initially changing by the day, and have changed several times since. To quote our Managing Director, we were: “Running over the Government’s bridge as they were building it”!

Some colleagues from other departments were seconded over to payroll to provide vital additional administrative support.

Together our team ensured that employees were paid on time and got paid the right amount during a challenging time and that employers were able to claim for  employee’s wages if they were put on furlough or flexible furlough because of coronavirus.

Payroll is a rewarding job with it’s own career pathway for a fulfilling life-long career. If you’re looking for a career with plentiful job opportunities and interesting work, now is a great time to get your foot in the door

Some key skills you need for a job in payroll are:

  • Good IT skills
  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Good team-playing skills
  • Clear and logical thinking
  • Good organisational skills and an ability to work to deadlines
  • A respect for confidentiality

As a team we believe that our collective efforts demonstrate RL’s values of:
• Create Real Connections: Work together with family spirit, with team/clients/community – true people focus & build more than surface level relationships.
• Encourage Curiosity & Change: Thinking of endless possibilities; striving to always be better and know more with an appetite for learning and accepting new challenges to drive positive change.
• Leave a Positive Impact: Care about our contribution to teams/clients/community lives; grow our business in a way that makes us proud.
• Seek Greatness Every Day: Set a high bar in working together and delivering to clients. Nothing less than exceptional service and behaviours.

We are always looking for people interested in a career in payroll so if you think you can remain clam under pressure and hold these essential skills and values then please connect with our Payroll Manager Michael Rivett.

If you are a business owner and would like payroll assistance our dedicated and friendly team would love you to get in touch. You can contact us via our website here.