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"payroll" in British English

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payrollnoun

uk   /ˈpeɪ.rəʊl/  us   /-roʊl/
[C] a ​list of the ​peopleemployed by a ​companyshowing how much each one ​earns: a payroll ​tax The ​company is ​growingfast, ​adding another 100 ​employees to ​its payroll over the last ​year. [C usually singular] the ​totalamount of ​moneypaid to the ​peopleemployed by a ​particularcompany: With ​debts of $4 million and a ​monthly payroll of $1.2 million, the ​venture is ​clearlyheading for ​trouble.
(Definition of payroll from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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payrollnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpeɪˌroʊl/
a ​list of a company’s employees and the ​amount each ​earns, or the ​totalearnings a ​business gives to ​its employees
(Definition of payroll from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"payroll" in Business English

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payrollnoun

uk   us   /ˈpeɪrəʊl/
[C] HR a ​list of the ​employees of a ​company showing how much each one ​earns: The ​company is ​growing fast, and ​increasing the ​number of ​staff on its payroll.
[C] HR, ECONOMICS the ​totalnumber of ​peopleemployed by a ​company, or in an ​economy: The ​reduction in ​temporaryhiring has ​led to the second successive month of ​falling payrolls.
[C, usually singular, or U] ACCOUNTING the ​totalamount of ​moneypaid to the ​employees of a particular ​company: payroll ​costs They ​operate with a strict $80 million payroll. On ​average, ​firmspay 10.45% of payroll into ​finalsalarypensions. The first thing the ​company must do to get out of trouble is to cut its payroll.
[U] HR the ​activity of ​managing the ​money that is ​paid to ​employees: payroll ​administration/​records/​system His ​work is to ​manage the ​billing and payroll.
be on the payroll HR to be ​employed by a particular ​company: The ​company yesterday ​confirmed that she was no ​longer on its payroll as a ​paidconsultant.
(Definition of payroll from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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