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Wages / Payroll Clerk

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Education
These occupations usually require a Leaving Certificate or equivalent.

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€19k > 40
Wages Clerk
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€19 - 40
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Last Updated: May, 2014

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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The National Skills Bulletin 2016 identifies a skills shortage for:

Multilingual financial clerks: credit controllers; accounts payable/receivable; payroll specialists; fund accounting and transfer pricing specialists.

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At a Glance... header image

Wages clerks deal with wages and salaries for their organisation's employees.


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Wages clerks keep records of the number of hours worked by staff within an organisation. They calculate salary or wage rates, based on rates of pay, bonuses, overtime and other factors, such as piecework. They use calculators or computer spreadsheets to work out the correct pay.  
 
When making calculations, wages clerks must also take into account changes in employees' circumstances, such as promotion, general pay increases, maternity leave and sick pay. They must keep accurate records to make sure employees have been paid correctly.  
 
If employees receive their wages in cash, wages clerks must withdraw the right amount from the organisation's bank account. Clerks put together and distribute pay packets.  
 
They answer any queries people have about their wage, salary or contributions. In many offices, they also carry out other general office duties such as filing, photocopying and answering the telephone.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Review time sheets, work charts, wage computation, and other information to detect and reconcile payroll discrepancies.

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Process paperwork for new employees and enter employee information into the payroll system.

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Verify attendance, hours worked, and pay adjustments, and post information onto designated records.

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Compute wages and deductions, and enter data into computers.

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Record employee information, such as exemptions, transfers, and resignations, to maintain and update payroll records.

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Process and issue employee paychecks and statements of earnings and deductions.

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Keep track of leave time, such as vacation, personal, and sick leave, for employees.

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Compile employee time, production, and payroll data from time sheets and other records.

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Distribute and collect timecards each pay period.

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Issue and record adjustments to pay related to previous errors or retroactive increases.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Performing Administrative Activities: Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Scheduling Work and Activities: Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

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Documenting/Recording Information: Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Clerical: Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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Personnel and Human Resources: Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

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Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a wages clerk, you must have good numeric skills. You should be capable of working accurately and quickly because employees want their pay to be correct and on time. You also need to be methodical and organised.  
 
You will spend a lot of time working on a computer or other electronic calculating equipment, so keyboard skills are useful. You should not mind being involved in routine daily duties.


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