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Payroll Assistant (Public Sector)

Job Introduction

Your World Professional is currently recruiting a Payroll Assistant (Public Sector) in Livingstone on a temporary basis.

Job Description

  • Are you an experienced Finance/Payroll Assistant?
  • Do you have a working knowledge of council, payroll or financial procedures / processes? (Ideal)
  • Have you gained experience working in a busy payroll or financial environment?
  • Do you have an understanding of the Data Protection Act?
  • Do you have good written skills, with excellent attention to detail?
  • Are you confident using MS applications, including, excel, word and outlook and HR/Payroll databases?
  • Can you commit to working in Livingstone, Scotland for 2 months, potentially longer?
  • Are you available to commence employment on 20th January 2020? 

If so, I would love the opportunity to speak with you. 

Your World Professional is a leading specialist recruitment agency, placing a wide range of professionals into Private Companies, Organisations, Governing bodies, start-ups and more. Our client based in Livingstone, is currently seeking an experienced Payroll/Accounts Administrator to support their financial department. 

Job Title: Payroll Assistant

Location: Livingstone, Scotland

Duration: 2 months, could be extended

Starting: ASAP
Hours: Monday - Friday, 08:30 - 17:00
Hourly Pay: £8.21 PAYE or £10 Umbrella

Job Scope

The post forms part of a team responsible for the update and maintenance of electronic HR and payroll records. The team operates to strict audit standards and works within pre-defined practices and procedures. The application of employees’ Condition of Service and the Statutory Regulations governing payroll is an essential part of the team’s function and the post-holder is expected to have a working knowledge in this area.

Principal Accountabilities/Key Tasks

  • The accurate update of payroll related information to the HR/Payroll systems including, but not limited to, processing of new starts, leavers and changes, timesheets, and student loan deductions.
  • Calculating and process sickness and maternity/paternity/adoption payments.
  • Processing and reconciliation of pay runs, reviewing exception reports, checking integrity of figures and process any non BACS payments.
  • Calculation of payroll advances and adjustments.
  • Work with spreadsheets and other software and reporting tools.
  • Investigating and resolving under/overpayments in line with council policy.
  • Prepare pension documentation as required by both the local government and teachers’ pension schemes.
  • Dealing with enquiries from councillors, employees and statutory bodies. Complete enquiry forms for relevant agencies within agreed timescales.
  • Record and process verbal/email enquiries from the HR/Payroll helpline on a rotated basis, referring to appropriate officer as required,
  • Participate as required in developmental projects to review and implement service delivery improvements.

Qualifications, Skills, Knowledge


  • Educated to higher level or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of payroll processes and statutory regulations.
  • Knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet applications
  • Tact, diplomacy and discretion in handling confidential and sensitive information.
  • Understanding of the Data Protection Act
  • Conversant with Inland Revenue and DSS regulations.
  • Good PC and keyboard skills.
  • Previous experience of working in payroll or finance checking area


  • Experience of using HR/Payroll data base CHRIS21
  • Experience of local authority/public sector payroll

Please apply now in order to be considered! 

We are an equal opportunities employer


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