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Professional Diploma in International Payroll Management

In today’s global marketplace the various rules and obligations both inside and outside the UK can be a compliance minefield. The increasingly international business landscape puts great demands on payroll professionals to keep up to speed with multiple legislative environments.

This 52-week, specialist online programme enables candidates to learn new skills in this complex area or consolidate and expand their knowledge to a management level with a Pearson BTEC Edexcel Professional Diploma in International Payroll Management Level 5 qualification.

The course is open to candidates who have completed the Professional Certificate in International Payroll Practice (level 3).

Your payroll course overview:

Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training



Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training

52 weeks


Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training

150 hours


Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training

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Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training



This course would be particularly useful for:

  • UK payroll and tax professionals who have responsibility for administering and managing international payrolls
  • those who already have experience in this area but wish to formalise their expertise with a recognised higher qualification
  • those with responsibility for EMEA payrolls but no direct payroll experience
  • tax managers or Global Mobility HR professionals who need to understand the impact of employment taxes when employee’s cross borders

What you will achieve

As well as a formal higher international payroll qualification, this practical programme equips candidates with the technical expertise to effectively deal with and manage payroll requirements of expatriate and inpatriate employees.

By the end of the course you will have the knowledge and understanding to be able to:

  • deal confidently and effectively with international assignee issues
  • process payments for international assignees accurately
  • manage the end to end process of an international payroll

Students must have achieved the International Level 3 qualification (Units 1-3) before progression to the Level 5 qualification. Click here to view Level 3 Course Content

Unit 4

  • Double Taxation Treaties
  • Introduction
  • OECD Standard Treaty Articles
  • Other Treaty Articles
  • Non OECD Treaties and the model
  • OECD Commentary
  • Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAS)
  • Non Double Taxation Agreement Countries
  • Assignment 4 – Double Taxation

Unit 5

  • Principles of Tax Equalisation
  • Introduction
  • Principles of a scheme
  • Advantages of running a tax equalisation scheme
  • Disadvantages of running a tax equalisation scheme
  • Three basic models for schemes
  • Designing scheme rules
  • Example of tax equalisation scheme rules
  • Calculation of hypothetical tax
  • Interaction with the tax return process
  • Assignment 5 – Tax Equalisation

Unit 6

  • Overseas Travel, Subsistence and Living Accommodation
  • Introduction
  • UK Tax Position
  • Detached Duty Relief
  • Removal Expenses
  • Employees Who Carry Out Duties Overseas
  • Foreign Employees Who Carry Out Duties in the UK
  • Offshore Workers in the North Sea
  • Overseas Conferences and Seminars
  • Approach in Other Countries
  • Assignment 6 – Overseas Travel, Subsistence & LA

Unit 7

  • Pension Issues for International Employees
  • Introduction
  • UK Based Employees and their pension savings opportunities
  • The UK Pensions Act
  • Occupational Pension Schemes and Membership
  • Automatic Enrolment for International Employees
  • Double Taxation Agreement Relief
  • Pension Income
  • Pension Schemes in other English speaking countries
  • Offshore Pension Schemes
  • Assignment 7 – Pension Issues

Unit 8

  • Human Resource Implications for International Employment
  • Introduction UK Visa/Work permit position
  • Employer Sponsorship
  • Employment Rights Act
  • Posted Workers Directive
  • Global Mobility Policies
  • The balance sheet approach
  • Assignment 8 – HR Implications

Unit 9

  • Payroll Procedures Outside of the United Kingdom
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Assignment 9 – Payroll Procedures outside of the UK

"I have always found the Learn Centre to be helpful and supportive of not only mine but the team's payroll training needs. The blended learning approach works well for me and I would not hesitate to recommend them as a Payroll training specialist provider not only for online delivery (e-learning) but also face 2 face and in-house. The Payroll Professionals Conference is also a great networking opportunity."

Kresh Veerasamy - Payroll Manager at Cancer Research UK

"Cintra HR & Payroll Services has a long standing relationship with The Learn Centre – they are an absolutely integral part of the payroll community. Their training courses and annual conference are a must for all payroll professionals and not just for up to the minute technical topics: their training really puts payroll and payroll issues into context, taking into account commercial, economic and political influences."

Carsten Staehr - CEO at Cintra HR & Payroll Services

"When setting up a Shared Service Centre, The Learn Centre played a key role in our award winning Payroll Academy, delivering a blended learning experience combining both classroom based training and an e-learning solution. The course delivery, the training materials and overall learning experience was excellent."

Michael Stevenson - Payroll Manager at Queen's University Belfast

"I have attended many of The Learn Centre’s training courses in recent years. They are always of the highest professional standard and deliver updates on complicated HR and Payroll legislation, but in an easy to understand format. I would gladly recommend The Learn Centre to any potential client who is looking for HR & Payroll training courses, bespoke in-house training or expert advice."

Michael Stevenson - Payroll Manager at Queen's University Belfast

"For the last few years we have taken advantage of the in house update courses, meaning our payroll and HR staff benefit from the excellent and consistent advice given. The manual is invaluable as is the ongoing support."

Rosi Strasshine - Payroll Manager, Isos Housing Group

"I cannot praise these training days enough – they are thoroughly enjoyable and informative, can be tailored to individual company needs and carried out in a relaxed, non-pressured way that everyone appreciates."

Rosi Strasshine - Payroll Manager, Isos Housing Group

"My team always attends the annual Payroll and HR Update course. Essential information covering often complex legislative changes, always presented by excellent trainers with in depth knowledge of their subject. A 'must attend' course for any serious payroll professional."

Deon Piovesan - Finance and Payroll Manager at Westminster Kingsway College

"I've booked the HR and Payroll Update course most years and during roles with at least 3 different employers. One thing remains the same; a course that is relevant, well delivered and enjoyable and that is key when trying to retain the many pieces of legislation changes to which payroll professionals are exposed."

Tracey Hinton - Payroll Manager at Wilson James Limited

"I have used The Learn Centre on a number of occasions and have found it provides a great platform to gain the knowledge required to carry out my job. I started off with the Payroll Technician course and this in-depth learning gave me a great foundation of payroll knowledge to build upon and give me the confidence to progress up the career ladder, well worth it and would certainly recommend, no matter what level you are at there will be a course/qualification that can help you."

Ayman Zagloul - Assistant Payroll Supervisor at Queen's University Belfast

"Payroll may not be the most exciting of topic for some but The Learn Centre really bring it to life - the brilliant networking opportunities with fellow professionals is an added bonus. They cover an amazing range of topics too – if you need to upskill, then The Learn Centre is the organisation to help you do it."

Carsten Staehr - CEO at Cintra HR & Payroll Services

"I have chosen The Learn Centre both for my own knowledge base and in-house training courses for my teams for many years. I have always been extremely impressed with the content of the courses, people engagement and the positive feedback from my staff."

Ann Chesher - Payroll Consultant at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service