To give people an idea of how varied working in payroll can be, we have asked a number of people from different payroll backgrounds to give us a short summary of the nature of their work in payroll. We hope that you will find this interesting.
Noel McLaughlin, Payroll Officer, AIB Group
When did I join...
I joined AIB Payroll Department in 1999 to conclude the handover of staff loans administration to Staff Business in First Trust Bank and AIB (GB). After a successful conclusion, I was asked to join the payroll team in November 2000.
What payrolls are involved...
I have seen several changes to our department and team structures and currently work as part of a team of 16 staff members within HR Shared Services.
Emma Dunne, Payroll Supervisor, McDonalds
Career to date....
I joined the O'Briens Wine Off Licence Corportate Office as an accounts administrator and was then given the opportunity to move into the payroll area as the company began to expand. After 2 years of running a payroll for 150, I started looking for opportunities to expand my knowledge and skills. I started in McDonald’s in 2002 managing the Crew fortnightly payroll and salaried monthly payroll which as varied from 1,500 to 1,000 employees nationwide over the years.
Do you like your job....
Yes, the variety, the multinational employee base, great people, always something new,
Senior Payroll Manger
Once a payroll Person Always a Payroll Person! Pia Dempsey is a Senior Payroll Manager with Ceridian, Ireland's leading provider of Managed payroll and HR systems, where she manages payroll for companies of varying sizes throughout Ireland. Having worked in both Financial and HR departments for more than 20 years, Pia recalls how she came about having a long and established career in Payroll.
Payroll was a word in my vocabulary from as far back as I can remember as my parents managed a post office and owned shops.
HR Officer and Compensation & Benefits Specialist in CityJet Limited
There are 750 employees looked after by myself and one payroll administrator! I have worked in payroll for 16 years and when I first started, everything was done manually including checking timesheets, entering tax certificates, writing cheques, putting cash into envelopes, printing payslips and distributing wage packets to all employees.
I love working in payroll and when I look back at how times have changed, it makes me smile. No more cash or cheques, all EFT transfers, how you now need to know all about employment law as well as keep up with the ever changing PAYE/PRSI system, income levy, pensions, PRSAs, and all other manner of deductions that somehow become part of the payroll function.
As an airline payroll person, I have the challenge of dealing with many different nationalities and trying to explain the Irish PAYE/PRSI to employees who are used to dealing with self assessment most of the time.
Shanakill Family Resource Centre
I have worked in Shanakill Family Resource Centre since 1995. Originally, I had a place on a Community Employment Scheme as a bookkeeper and very quickly learned how much I did NOT know about payroll and employment law.
In 2000, I was made a permanent member of staff and I felt I could no longer accept my lack of expertise in the payroll area. Employees were coming to me with queries about their pay that I did not feel competent in answering, so I sourced a course that concentrated on payroll issues.
I successfully completed the IPASS Certified Payroll Technician course and then went on to complete the IPASS Diploma in Payroll Management course.