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Payroll Principles

Payroll Principles is a great short course that can be studied in just 4 hours. The course is designed to teach those new to payroll the theory behind the practicalities of running a business’s company payroll.

Is this for you?

This is a great introductory course for beginners who are looking to work as a Payroll Assistant, Payroll Clerk or Payroll Officer. The course is also great for anyone looking to work in HR where Payroll can be a key responsibility, or anyone who is taking on the company payroll in their current responsibilities.

Award and Associated Qualifications

Awarded 4 CPD points upon successful completion

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Study Type

or a combination, Online, in centre

Training Type



4 hours

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    About this course

    Our Payroll Principles course is a great short course for anyone wanting to know more about the theory behind running a business’s company payroll.

    You’ll start at the beginning with an overview of exactly what payroll is and go through all the key elements involved in processing the payroll including RTI, Statutory Payments and employee data protection.

    The course can be studied in any of our handy local centres, or alternatively, if you prefer you can do your payroll training online, using our distance learning system. Either way, you’ll have the full support of our Course Advisors for the duration of your studies. Once you’ve successfully completed the course, you’ll get a Pitman Training Certificate to confirm your newly learnt skills.

    There are three lessons within the Payroll Principles course which cover the following:

    Lesson One: You’ll start by learning to understand what Payroll is, the roles and responsibilities of payroll, requirements of Real Time Information (RTI), understanding the differences between employed and self-employed, overview of employee rights.

    Lesson Two: You’ll look at what employee information is held by a business, the importance of data protection, the purpose of a P45 or starter checklist, how the PAYE system works, student loan repayments, recognising the different elements on a payslip.

    Lesson Three: In the final lesson you’ll cover statutory payments, including Statutory Sick Pay, Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay. You’ll then look at the steps to follow when an employee leaves and the process to follow at payroll year end.

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