What skills does a Payroll Administrator need? | FAQs

CAREER ADVICE, FINANCE   |   2 minutes  |   December 1, 2016

If you are thinking about a career in payroll, tax law or business administration, it’s important that you know exactly what is required of you to be successful.

Watch this video where Gareth Cotten, Head Tutor on the University of Cape Town Payroll and Tax Administration online short course explains what payroll administrator skills are vital to being an effective Payroll Manager.

What are the key skills you need to have to be a good Payroll Administrator?

In order to be an effective Payroll Administrator, you need to be financially minded and numerically strong, and comfortable with complex calculations.

A working knowledge of payroll administration software such as Xero or BambooHR is a must, as while most processes are automatically completed by programs these days, they require constant supervision.

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The third skill you need is that of being able to monitor and adapt to tax and payroll legislation changes. Staying on top of the constantly-changing laws around tax and payroll administration is vital to a successful career in the field.

Want to develop and expand your payroll administrator skills?

Study the University of Cape Town Payroll and Tax Administration online short course.



The skills that a payroll administrator needs are going to be very financial so they need to be very numerically strong, and they need to be very strong with calculations and maths in general. Having said that, programmes often do a lot of the back work for you these days. They also need to stay on top of legislation changes because the nature of tax legislation and payroll legislation is that it changes almost every year. So they need to be staying on top of what has changed and how that’s going to affect the calculations that they do and the jobs they are performing in terms of recording payroll and the figures for payroll expenditure.