Payroll - Manual & Computerised (Sage MicroPay)

If you’re looking to work in a financial role or within any HR Department, Payroll is an essential skill that employers will be looking for.  If you wish to understand, and be able to handle the payroll processes, this training course is your perfect starting point.

The Manual section of the course is comprehensive and covers all of the key payroll areas you will need to learn in order to effectively process a business payroll.  Areas you will study include employment contract legislation, such as working hours, overtime and the minimum wage.  Tax Credits and Universal Charge Certificate (Form P2C) and how to use this form to calculate an employee’s tax liability, completing pay records and understanding the P45.  You’ll also review the purpose of Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI) contributions and how to calculate these as well as look at the purpose of the P35 annual return and the different forms which are included.

In the Computerised section the lessons include getting started using Sage Micropay.  You’ll look at how to set up company information and employee details, how to set up hourly rates and payments in order to process pay and produce associated reports.  The computerised section is highly practical and you will have the opportunity to carry out extensive ‘real life’ consolidation exercises to ensure you fully understand the processes involved.


Before starting this course knowledge of Microsoft Word would be preferred.


To teach manual and computerised payroll to an employable level and to cover the syllabus requirements for QQI (FETAC) Level 5 

Course Content

Module One 

What payroll is, roles and responsibilities of payroll, distinguishing between employed and self-employed, identifying the employee information held by a business, the importance of data protection with regard to employee rights, what must be included in a written contract of employment, legislation in respect of working hours and overtime, the national minimum wage, employment time records, calculating gross pay for an employee to include overtime rates and holiday pay, the purpose of a Tax Credits and Universal Charge Certificate (Form P2C)

Module Two 

Using the information provided on Form P2C to calculate an employee’s weekly net tax liability, completing pay records for employees on a cumulative tax basis, to include variable weekly gross pay, advance holiday pay, income tax and USC refunds, pension contributions, understand the purpose of a P45, when a P46 must be used, when Form 12A must be used, processing a new starter on a Week 1 basis, when Emergency basis is used, the effect of a revised P2C on an employee’s pay, the benefit of a pre-tax deduction (pension contribution)

Module Three 

The purpose of Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI) contributions, calculating PRSI, completing the pay records to all include all statutory and voluntary deductions, how to prepare a P45 for a leaver, what must be included on a payslip, postings to

The Payroll Ledger, calculating the cost of wages,  the purpose of Form P30, awareness of mandatory e-filing

Module Four

Purpose of the P35 annual return and the different forms which are included, the purpose of Form P60,  different tax assessment methods for married couples and civil partners, how to use different assessment methods to calculate annual tax liability,  the effect of budgetary changes on net take home pay

Module Five

Protecting confidential data, advantages/disadvantages of a computerised payroll system, starting the Sage Micropay program, logging in to a payroll, setting up basic company details,  accessing Micropay Help, setting hourly rates and payments, viewing employee details, creating employee records, navigating employee records, backing up data, closing the Sage Micropay program

Module Six

Restoring payroll data, editing employee details, using a report to verify employee details, set a pay calendar for the tax year, process the pay for Weeks 1-5 to include advance payments in respect of holiday pay, producing a variety of payroll reports, saving payroll reports as PDFs, backing up payroll data at the end of each pay period, viewing year to date details in the employee records, preparing the P30 for Weeks 1-5/Month 1

Module Seven

Processing a New Starter with and without a P45, the initial steps when creating a P45 or P46 for submission to ROS, setting up payments in respect of bonus and overtime, setting up deductions in respect of union subscriptions and pension contributions, using the search feature to quickly locate an employee record, transferring an employee from Week 1 Basis to cumulative, using the batch time and pay method to enter pay details, processing a revised P2C, processing a Leaver and producing a P45, processing pension contributions and producing the associated pension provider report, producing the P30 for Week 9/Month 2

Module Eight

Processing the pay for Week 51 to include bonus and overtime payments, as well as advance pay in respect of holiday closure, tax year end procedures, previewing and saving the P35 and PRC1 reports as PDFs, previewing and saving the P60s as PDFs

  •  Learn how to calculate gross and net pay
  •  The flexibility and value of a course designed to enable you to work at your own pace
  •  A workbook to use as a reference guide on completion of the course
  •  The opportunity to gain the widely recognised Pitman Training Certificate
Course duration: 35-40 hours