Apprentice Payroll Administrator PKF Smith Cooper

Are you looking for an employer that will invest in you and reward hard work? If so, read on and you could be joining our highly regarded, well-renowned Payroll team! You will be processing payrolls with exposure to all elements of payroll. We would love to support you to become an awesome payroller, following best practice methods and processes, as well as developing your confidence to deal with clients at all levels.

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Closing date: 14 Apr 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Up to £16,000 depending on age and experience

  • Working week

    Monday – Friday, 9 am till 5pm

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    21 Apr 2023

  • Date posted

    02 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Our aim is to give you experience in every element of payroll so that at the end of this apprenticeship you are trained as the best in the industry!

Reporting to the Payroll Manager, your core duties will include:

  • Processing payrolls with exposure to all elements of payroll
  • Communicating with clients to build meaningful relationships
  • Developing new and improve existing tools to enable efficient payroll processes

The list of duties above is not intended to be exhaustive but gives a general indication of the tasks involved for this position.   

It is the nature of the Firm that tasks and responsibilities are in many circumstances unpredictable and varied, so our apprentices need to be able to adapt and up for the challenge!

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded an Advanced Apprenticeship in Payroll Administration. Once achieved, you can apply for Affiliate CIPP membership.

The programme is delivered via a blend of classroom based, tutor-led workshops, and on-demand learning via the CIPP online learning platform.

The knowledge modules will include; Business & Customer Awareness, Payroll (core), Payroll (Pensions), Payroll (Technical), Regulation & Compliance and Systems & Processes.

Additional modules for skills and behaviours will include; Planning & Prioritisation, Data Analysis, How to Use Systems & Processes, Producing Accurate Information, Team Working & Collaboration and Communication & Engagement.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

There is a full-time opportunity available at the end of the apprenticeship for someone who can demonstrate technical competence, initiative and a willingness to learn along the way. The firm’s partners, who remain actively invested in the development of employees, will both support and champion your professional development and progression.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 4/C) Essential

Things to consider

Our company culture, built on our values – Engage, Empower and Excel – encourages initiative, personal growth, and collaboration. From summer parties and sports teams to after work socials and our new book club, an apprenticeship role at PKF Smith Cooper is more than just a job – you become part of our community.

About the employer

We are multi-award-winning accountants & business advisors, ranked the 11th biggest firm by UK fee income in the Accountancy Age Top 50+50. As a member of PKF International, we are part of a prestigious global network of legally independent accounting firms. We share our ideas, expertise, and specialist resources to develop our specialist skills and services to better serve our clients. We work with ambitious businesses of different sizes across a variety of sectors, so no two jobs are the same.


PKF Smith Cooper


Prospect House

1 Prospect Place

Millennium Way

DE24 8HG

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Training provider



Hannah Johnson

Apprenticeship standard

Payroll administrator

Level 3 (A level)

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