NVQ helps put payroll skills levels back in the black

The
Association of Accounting Technicians’ NVQ/SVQ in payroll administration is
helping to combat the acute skills shortage in payroll administration.

Of
the 930 students enrolled on the AAT payroll course there was a 74 per cent
pass rate at NVQ Level 3 – the highest level.

An
AAT spokeswoman said the course, launched in February 2000 to address the
skills shortage, has been extremely successful.

As
well as developing specialist technical knowledge of payroll functions, the
course aims to provide staff with wider workplace skills such as
communications, IT and project management.

Utility
provider Atlantic Electric and Gas is working with AAT to expand its payroll
section and develop the skills of its female staff.

"Our
payroll is growing rapidly and we felt it would be a major advantage to have
more staff with practical payroll knowledge," HR officer at Atalntic
Electric and Gas Karen Stephens said. "This will enable queries to be
dealt with quickly in-house without referral to our outsourced payroll bureau –
saving us  time and money."

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