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HR Payroll Officer

City of Wolverhampton Council
£27,803 - £31,364
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5 Jan 2024

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HR/Payroll Officer – Grade 5

Full time 37 hrs per week, permanent

Grade 5 salary range £27,803 - £31,364

We are currently seeking to appoint to the permanent post of HR/Payroll Officer. Applications are invited from HR & Payroll Officers with experience who will join our team. Under the guidance of the HR & Payroll support Manager you will provide HR and Payroll support across City of Wolverhampton Council and its partners. This will include a range of duties which includes, but is not limited to, payroll, pensions, hr support, policies and procedures, new starters and leavers.

This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated, responsible and highly organised person to join a very dynamic and busy environment as a HR & Payroll Officer.  The successful candidate will have GSCE level or equivalent (including English and Maths) or recent extensive HR/Payroll/Pensions experience. Experience of working in a school’s environment would also be advantageous.

If you are positive, customer centric and self-motivated and able to manage multiple deadlines we would welcome an application from you. You must be able:

  • to interpret HR & Payroll information in order to make sound judgments and undertake relevant action in respect of HR & Payroll end to end processing.
  • to carry out accurate payroll related calculations
  • to prioritise tasks and meet deadlines.
  • to be responsible for a varied workload
  • to use initiative and escalate work concerns in a proactive and timely manner.
  • to be capable of interpreting work and tasks in order to deliver an effective and timely outcome.
  • to demonstrate a positive attitude and professional customer service to all customers, stakeholders and members of the team.

You should have strong IT and communication skills in order to deal with the variety of HR/Payroll/Pensions duties assigned to you. A good working knowledge of HR and Payroll systems is required, and you must be proficient in Microsoft Office e.g. word and excel.

Please see job description and person specification for full details.

The interview process will require a test to be undertaken. If you pass the test, you will go to the next stage of the interview process of a panel interview.

Tests will be held on 11/01/2024. If you have been successful to go to the next stage. Interviews will be held on 15/01/2023.

Please note that CV’s are not accepted.

Previous Applicants Need Not Apply

For more information please contact Lucy Russell on


We are committed to building a workforce that is reflective of the diverse community we serve. We want to attract the best applications from people of all backgrounds and underrepresented groups because we strongly believe in adding value through diversity, inclusion, and equality. Our employees enable us to deliver services that are accessible, inclusive, and reflective of Wolverhampton residents.

We encourage, inspire and value an inclusive culture here at the council where employees can flourish, thrive and be themselves. We have four staff equality forums for employees to join. These help to ensure our workforce has a voice, employees feel empowered to speak up and where everyone is treated with respect - Learn more here

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders

We are committed to the fair treatment of all our employees, potential employees, or users of our service regardless of offending background. The Council uses the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for any vacancies that require a DBS check to obtain information about applicants to assess their suitability for employment in positions of trust. We do not discriminate unfairly against any individual on the basis of a conviction or any other information revealed as a result of a DBS disclosure - Learn more here

Employment Information & Support

If you are considering applying for an apprenticeship or a role where the salary is (Grade 2-5), and would like to visit us to learn about the application, interview process and what it is like to work for the council, please click on this link to find out more - Learn more here


Working for us

For more information about working for our organisation including the culture of the Council, the Council plan and vision, staff equality forums, core HR policies and much more please click here.

Pay Award

Local Government Employers and trade unions are currently in negotiations to agree the 2023/2024 annual pay offer for employees. Once pay settlement is agreed this will be backdated to 1 April 2023. More information on the current pay offer can be found here Employer circular - Local government pay 2023 | Local Government Association

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From Monday 11th December 2023 an exciting change is happening for us as an organisation - we are implementing a new system which will improve your candidate experience! To access your candidate portal for our new system, head to

If you already have an application in progress with us before the new year, don’t worry, this will continue as it normally would and there will be no impact on your application or the process. More information on our new and improved system can be found on the WMJobs help pages

City of Wolverhampton

There’s never been a better time to join the award winning City of Wolverhampton Council to further your career. We are a progressive and future facing organisation, and passionate about making our city better for all who live, work and travel here.

We are an ambitious organisation focused on delivering the best services for people in Wolverhampton; working for us gives you the opportunity to make a difference to their lives.

Our continual drive for improvement led to us winning APSE Overall Council of the Year Service Delivery Award, also achieving Annual Service Award Finalists for our services in Waste and Recycling; Public Protection; Best Housing Regeneration and Homelessness multi-agency work, showing that the City of Wolverhampton Council is truly an organisation striving for daily excellence in all we do.

Equal Opportunities

The City of Wolverhampton Council employs over 5,000 people in more than 600 different trades and professions. We are committed to representing Wolverhampton’s diverse community and therefore strongly encourage applications from all applicants meeting the essential criteria.  The council operate a guaranteed interview policy for veterans who have served in the military, those who have previously been under our care and are under the age of 25 and disabled candidates, where it is evidenced that the essential criteria of the post is met.

A Great City to Live and Work

The city has seen rapid developments with major projects like the i54, Way Youth Zone and i10 and more exciting developments are planned for the westside of the city. The leisure-led mixed user scheme includes a multi-screen cinema, restaurants, bars, hotel, multi-storey car park and apartments, all accessible by foot from our city centre.

We benefit from being in a prime location, with excellent transport links at the heart of the UK’s high speed rail and motorway networks, making us an employer of choice for people across the West Midlands.

Wolverhampton is rated as one of the top cities in the UK for families. Almost 90 per cent of the city’s primary and secondary schools are rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. The City also offers a wide range of family friendly facilities with stunning parks and green spaces and top entertainment attractions such as Wolverhampton Art Gallery, the Civic and Wulfrun Halls and the Grand Theatre all of which attract top acts such as Jimmy Carr, Gary Barlow, World Darts Competition, upcoming bands and West End productions.


Why Work for City of Wolverhampton Council?

We invest heavily in skills and training for our employees; you will develop and grow with us through your time, benefiting from regular professional development conversations, and varied training opportunities.

We offer a wide range of benefits including competitive salaries that progress within different grades for the variety of jobs on offer. The majority of our positions offer a generous annual leave entitlement of 25 days - this increases with length of service. There is also an added option to buy up to 10 days additional leave in each leave year. New entrants also benefit from 8 days bank holiday entitlement (basic leave entitlement of 33 days).

The council offers an excellent Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) with employee and employer contributions based on salary grades and other benefits including:

  • Index linked pension
  • Option to convert your pension for tax-free cash when you retire
  • Retirement on the grounds of ill-health at any age.

The council also offers a wide range of flexible working options to fit in around your commitments including:

  • Flexi-time
  • Reduced hours working
  • Job share
  • Homeworking
  • Term time only

Other rewards

  • Discounted city parking at a number of sites with reduced charges for blue badge holders
  • Annual Travel Card Scheme
  • Salary Sacrifice scheme for cars - with a wide range of ‘green’ vehicles, cycles and associated equipment, personal IT equipment and smartphones
  • Retail, leisure, legal and ethical savings and loans through our competitive rewards portal

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01902 552345
City of Wolverhampton Council
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St. Peter's Square
West Midlands

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