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Payroll Principles

The Payroll Principles training course is available at the Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness Pitman Training Centres or via Online Distance Learning through our Pitman Campus.

You will start at the beginning with an overview of exactly what payroll is and go through all the key elements involved in processing the payroll including RTI, Statutory Payments and employee data protection.

Course Duration: 4 Hours

CPD Points: 4


Lesson One: You will start by learning to understand what Payroll is, the roles and responsibilities of payroll, requirements of Real Time Information (RTI), understanding the differences between employed and self-employed, overview of employee rights.

Lesson Two: You will look at what employee information is held by a business, the importance of data protection, the purpose of a P45 or starter checklist, how the PAYE system works, student loan repayments, recognising the different elements on a payslip.

Lesson Three: In the final lesson you will cover statutory payments, including Statutory Sick Pay, Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay. You’ll then look at the steps to follow when an employee leaves and the process to follow at payroll year end.

This course is designed as a great introductory course for beginners who are looking to work as a Payroll Assistant, Payroll Clerk or Payroll Officer. The course is also great for anyone looking to work in HR where Payroll can be a key responsibility, or anyone who is taking on the company payroll in their current responsibilities.

To give you an overview of the theory behind running a payroll. Once you have gained the theoretical knowledge, you will be in the perfect position to go on and learn how to use a computerised payroll program and put everything you have learnt into practical use. From there you can look to gain prestigious qualifications such as AAT Level 2.

A knowledge of Microsoft Word would be preferred.

Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF)

Claim up to £15,000 for Training your employees

This fund provides Levy Paying Companies an opportunity to up-skill or re-skill Employees and in turn, support economic growth.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • You must be a Levy Paying Employer
  • The Company must be based or operate in Scotland, wholly or partially
  • Employees must reside in Scotland

For more information on applying for this funding, contact our Course Advisors by clicking below:


A funded training opportunity is now available to those facing redundancy or those who have been made redundant from March 2020 onward.

The National Transition Training Fund aims to tackle the rise in unemployment caused by Covid-19 by offering short sharp training opportunities for people to learn in-demand skills.

If you are currently under threat of redundancy, or have been made redundant at any time from the 1st March 2020 and are aged 25 or over, you can access an industry recognised qualification to help you gain employment.

For further information on how to proceed then contact us referencing the course(s) you are interested in.

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