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Payroll Trainee – Oxford

Shaw Gibbs is a growing top 50 accountancy practice who provide expert solutions for entrepreneurial businesses and private individuals in Central and Southern England. Shaw Gibbs invest in their teams of high-quality specialists who work with the best-in-breed technology to create value for our clients which exceeds expectation.

Our culture is very important to us and is based on our company values of expert, respectful, innovative and collaborative. We develop high performing teams diverse in experiences, backgrounds and ideas. As a growing company, there are plenty of opportunities for development and quick progression. Our practice is known for having a friendly and supportive team culture where everyone receives training and development to increase their technical knowledge and their commercial and management skills. We put our people first and are constantly looking for ways to improve our people experience. With respectful as one of our values, we are committed to creating an inclusive culture that respects, values and celebrates cultural and individual differences.

We have several offices in Central and Southern England and have ambitious plans to expand our business. To support the organisation’s growth, we have a new opportunity for a Payroll Trainee to join our team. Based in Oxford, this is a permanent full-time role with flexible working options (flexing your hours on different days to suit your lifestyle).

The Role

This is a Trainee position and full training and support will be given to develop your skills and abilities for a long-term career within our practice. Your key responsibilities would include the below:

  • Build productive working relationships within Shaw Gibbs and with clients as required
  • Develop and apply your technical knowledge through on-the-job training and formal qualifications
  • Process payrolls on a weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly basis (or as directed) for a range of clients of various sizes and from a diverse range of businesses
  • Process starters and leavers, calculating statutory payments, RTI submissions, Pension Deductions etc.
  • Liaise directly with clients to ensure accuracy of payroll data and answer phone queries, resolve problems and provide payroll support
  • Communicate with clients, other staff, Directors and the HM Revenue & Customs

What we can offer you

  • Full funding and support to complete the AAT or CIPP qualification, including study leave & time off for exams
  • Competitive salary and benefits package including flexible working, pension, life assurance and a fantastic retail discount scheme
  • Generous holiday allowance + ability to buy/sell holiday to fit your lifestyle
  • Flexible working, which means you can work from home 1 day a week and flexible hours where you can work your hours around our core hours of 10:00 – 16:00
  • Exposure to a wide range of clients across many industry sectors
  • An experienced manager to support your development and provide day-to-day guidance 
  • A comprehensive induction and buddy to help you get up to speed in your first few months
  • A wellbeing programme focusing on your physical and mental wellbeing
  • Regular company and team social events throughout the year
  • Charity fundraising events

About You

We would like to hear from you if you are a quick learner and can tick all of the below:

  • Relevant work experience would be great but not essential
  • Educated to A Level (or equivalent standard) or higher e.g. degree
  • If you are a school leaver – you must have a minimum of 3 A Levels at grades B, B, C or higher
  • Strong aptitude for IT, specifically Excel
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Proven communication skills, verbal and written
  • A positive, confident and proactive attitude
  • Enjoy working as part of a team and self-motivated
  • Willing to undertake and succeed in a range of professional studies

How to Apply

To apply for this vacancy, please send your CV to

For more information on working at Shaw Gibbs, please visit

Additional Information

Shaw Gibbs is an inclusive employer and we are committed to providing equal opportunities to all candidates by ensuring a comfortable and accessible interview experience. We understand that some individuals may have specific needs or require accommodation/adjustments during the recruitment process. If you require any adjustments to ensure your recruitment experience with Shaw Gibbs is as inclusive and accessible as possible, please let us know at your earliest convenience via email.

We believe that diversity makes Shaw Gibbs a stronger firm and we look to employ people with different ideas, styles and skillsets. This diversity stimulates a rich, creative environment – one in which our people develop, and our clients enjoy enduring results. We’re committed to recruiting, promoting and rewarding our people solely based on their ability to contribute to Shaw Gibbs’ goals, without regard to their sex, gender, race, disability, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or marital status.

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