National Payroll Week – Change your career and join a growing industry

September 4, 2019 / Libby Barrett

As it is National Payroll Week, we are celebrating and raising awareness of the growing profession…

What is payroll?

Payroll is a word many of us hear on a monthly basis. Every payday at the end of the month, we receive our hard-earned wages.
They magically appear in our bank accounts or pay packets – but no one considers the professionals behind that, making it all happen for you!

Yes, it isn’t just magic. It’s down to the hard work of Payroll professionals.

A growing industry…

As a growing industry, the Payroll profession is becoming more and more popular with many of us across the UK studying courses to develop new skills in payroll.
And why not? Now is the time to explore a new industry! A job role once managed by finance and HR professionals, it is now becoming a profession and career of its own.
According to the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP), there are currently more than 15,000 professionally qualified payroll professionals in the UK.

Many of us are recognising Payroll as a more stable and fulfilling career and are seeking to learn payroll skills to develop professionally.
In fact, we’ve recorded a strong demand for flexible learning courses to develop skills in payroll. Many of which are females aged between 25-44. Those based in London and the South of England seem to be showing interest more than any other area.

So, why is it just in the South? Why not spread interest and awareness to those across the rest of the country?

A Vital Role of any Business

What many of us don’t realise is the impact Payroll professionals actually have on our countries’ economy!
Samantha Rutter our CEO, said:
Payroll professionals play a vital role within the nation’s businesses, recording and processing employee salary and supporting cash flow.”
“Less well recognised is the profession’s contribution to the collection of income tax and national insurance. This is set to contribute over £300bn* to the UK economy in the current tax year.”

“The rising interest in the profession is clear from the desire to train and develop skills in this area, with many of our students seeing payroll as an attractive and rewarding career choice.”

Study Payroll Online

Interested? As a career – it is one that is likely to be in more demand as more and more businesses take on qualified and knowledgeable payroll professionals.
Samantha continued:
“I believe the rise in popularity of online and cloud-based accounting software has made it a lot easier for people to get involved with payroll and grow an interest to develop professionally.”
“Whether it is to develop new skills, build on existing ones, or to start their own business, what our learners have in common is a passion for the discipline and the possibilities and responsibilities that come with the profession.”

Join our Student Michelle

Our student Michelle is one of our many learners who was interested in the payroll profession. She studied, not just one but two of our distance learning courses and became a fully qualified Payroll professional!
Dedicated and committed to her studies, she was actually awarded ‘Student of the Year’ but the International Association of Bookkeepers (IAB).
Michelle's win at the IAB Awards
She has since accomplished her goal of starting her own payroll and bookkeeping business.
Michelle said:
“Following my cancer diagnosis, I began to think about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I soon decided on developing myself and my career.”
“Once in remission, I started my course in payroll. I learned so much more than I ever did in school.”
“The experience of joining the payroll profession has been great. Life’s too short not to follow your dreams.”
Read more about Michelle’s inspirational story. 
If we’ve opened your eyes to this fantastic career prospect, take a look at the distance learning courses we provide to get you on the right track!

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Libby Barrett

As Digital Content Executive for OSC, I'm currently studying my IDM Digital Marketing qualification through distance learning. I absolutely love all things creative and when I'm not at Open Study College, I'm being a complete theatre nerd, performing in panto or amateur productions!

National Payroll Week – Change your career and join a growing industry
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