A payroll administrator works in a company’s accounts team, or for a payroll bureau that provides payroll services for other companies. You may work to strict payment deadlines. Duties of a payroll administrator include checking how many hours employees have worked, calculating and issuing pay by cash, cheque or electronic transfer, deducting tax and insurance payments, processing holiday, sick and maternity pay, and expenses, calculating overtime, shift payments and pay increases and answering staff queries about timesheets or pay slips.
Interested in becoming a payroll administrator?
Try one of these courses
- ICB National Certificate: Bookkeeping (Junior Bookkeeper)
- Skills Academy Subject Certificate in Income Tax Returns
- Skills Academy Subject Certificate in Payroll and Monthly SARS
- Skills Academy Subject Certificate in Time Management
Last updated: October 25th 2026