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Payroll Assistant

About EQ 

EQ Accountants is an accounting, taxation, audit, and business advisory practice based in the East of Scotland and offering the full spectrum of solutions to meet our clients’ financial needs.  

Our specialisms include Agriculture, Engineering and Manufacturing, Healthcare, Leisure, Professions, Property and Construction, Technology and Charities. 

We have offices in Dundee, Forfar and Glenrothes, and all of our employees are committed to utilising their financial and business expertise to inspire, support and encourage clients to realise their ambitions. 

We have been supporting our clients since the early 1990s, but there has never been a more interesting or important time to join us. 

Joining the EQ team at this juncture is an exciting opportunity propelled by the recent investment from Sumer Group. With an ambitious plan to triple turnover within the next five years, EQ stands as a frontrunner in Scotland’s accountancy sector. 

Bolstered by Sumer’s backing, EQ gains access to a vast network of over 1,000 colleagues across 40 offices while retaining the localised expertise of its core team. 

Led by a dynamic leadership team and fuelled by strategic acquisitions, EQ is poised for growth. As part of this journey, EQ fosters a culture of development and empowerment, exemplified by employee-focused initiatives. 

Join EQ and be part of a transformative endeavour reshaping the landscape of UK accountancy. 


The Role 

Our Business Services Team has an excellent reputation for providing a variety of accounting services to clients, including payroll.  

Due to our expanding client base, we are looking to grow our payroll team in our Dundee office by recruiting an experienced Payroll Assistant. 

In this varied role, you’ll be helping to support our client’s requirements by implementing their weekly, fortnightly, and monthly payrolls and providing your expertise and guidance on every aspect of the payroll cycle.


Interviews will take place from week commencing the 6th of May 2024 

Key responsibilities 

Within this role, your responsibilities will include but are not limited to: 

  • Providing a payroll service to clients on a weekly, fortnightly, and monthly basis. 
  • Uploading payslips and other information to Sage online documents. 
  • Processing employee information and preparing payslips. 
  • Creating, evaluating, and submitting reports to clients. 
  • Reporting to HMRC on various issues. 
  • Uploading pensions to the relevant pension provider each pay period. 
  • Providing advice and guidance on the more complex aspects of payroll, pay and benefits to clients. 
  • Ensuring that all payrolls are actioned accurately, and within required timelines. 
  • We are a paperless office so good excel skills are required to enable import of data. 
  • Advising clients of and PAYE liability due to HMRC. 
  • Applying, deducting, and advising clients of any Earnings Arrestment’s deducted. 
  • Reporting to HMRC each pay period by the required deadline dates. 
  • Reporting and recoverable statutory payments and Apprenticeship Levy to HMRC. 
  • Manual Calculations on all elements (Tax, NIC, Director NIC, Student Loan, Earnings Arrestment's & Pensions). 
  • We are an approved BACS Bureau – we are responsible for making salary & PAYE payments on behalf of our clients each month, by the required dates. 
  • CIS – Preparation and submission of monthly CIS Returns and CIS Suffered submissions to HMRC. 
  • Preparing quotes and speaking to potential clients.  
  • Providing assistance to junior members of staff. 
  • Building effective and long-term working relationships with each of your clients. 
  • Monitoring, remaining up to date and applying any changes in legislation. 
  • Monitoring, applying, and completing Re-Declaration of compliance every 3 years. 

About you 

  • This is a mid-level role; therefore, it's important that you can demonstrate the skills, knowledge, abilities, and qualities that match the requirements of the role. 
  • You will have sound knowledge of Sage & Xero payroll and will have completed ideally 3 years’ of worked experience in a similar payroll position. 
  • You will have good excel skills to enable imports of information. 
  • Professional and pro-active, you will be experienced in providing the best service possible to clients with the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines. 
  • You are positive and confident in your abilities, but you're also a kind, empathetic person with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • We will work closely with you to continually develop your technical skills and experience and provide any appropriate training where necessary. 


We offer an inclusive culture that values difference, pride in the service we provide to our clients, belonging, employee welfare and continuous improvement as critical aspects of our organisational performance. As well as ongoing learning and development opportunities and a career development programme, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package (subject to conditions) which includes: 

  • Life cover. 
  • Income protection. 
  • Financial planning consultation. 
  • Pension contribution scheme. 
  • Flexible working. 
  • Enhanced annual leave

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Payroll Assistant
Dundee Office
Part Time or Permanent