Description of the occupation

The Payroll and Contribution Officer deals with the management of contributory, insurance and tax aspects, related to staff remuneration, during all phases of the employment relationship between the company and the individual, from hiring to termination. It typically carries out data processing activities relating to attendance and absences; operational management of all phases of the employment relationship; drafting and keeping of compulsory books, calculation of remuneration, social security and tax base, care of legal obligations, independently using specific IT tools.

Personal traits and competences

The Payroll Officer must be trustworthy, confidential, honest, approachable, responsive, helpful and communicative. The officer has the following competences:

  • Elements of labor law applied to personnel administration
  • Contract types (permanent work, fixed-term work, apprenticeship.)
  • Reasons for suspension and interruption of the employment relationship
  • Elements of social legislation applied to personnel administration
  • IT applications for drafting employment contracts
  • Nature, function, and characteristics of mandatory communications
  • Social security and insurance obligations and reference bodies
  • Telematics administrative procedures
  • Legislation on the protection of privacy applied to employment relationships
  • Notes on labor disputes
  • IT applications for personnel tax management
  • Notes on tax litigation
  • Payroll structure
  • Techniques and operations of payroll calculation
  • Structure of tax returns and related drafting procedures

Technical knowledge and skills

Upon graduating, the PO is able to:

Employment prospects

Payroll administrators work in collaboration with the HR and Finance departments within every organization. A payroll officer’s primary role ensures the timely payment of wages, salaries, superannuation, and compensation to every employee.

They ensure that all employees get paid the correct entitlements from their employer. Starting a career in payroll and accelerating a career path in payroll administration has overlapped with other accounting and bookkeeping skills.

In recent years, more organizations are now employing specialist payroll staff.

Working conditions

The Payroll Officer is responsible for the management of the contribution, insurance and tax aspects, related to the remuneration of staff, during all phases of the employment relationship between the company and the individual, from recruitment to termination. S/He typically carries out her/his activities in the office, using specific IT tools. The efficiency of the IT tools available and an effective organization in the management of practices among colleagues contribute to improving working conditions.


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