Meaning of “payroll” in the English Dictionary

"payroll" in British English

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payrollnoun

uk /ˈpeɪ.rəʊl/ us /ˈpeɪ.roʊl/

(Definition of “payroll” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"payroll" in American English

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payrollnoun [ C ]

us /ˈpeɪˌroʊl/

a list of a company’s employees and the amount each earns, or the total earnings 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 /ˈpeɪrəʊl/ us

[ 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 total number of people employed by a company, or in an economy:

The reduction in temporary hiring has led to the second successive month of falling payrolls.

[ C, usually singular, or U ] ACCOUNTING the total amount of money paid to the employees of a particular company:

payroll costs
They operate with a strict $80 million payroll.
On average, firms pay 10.45% of payroll into final salary pensions.
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:

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 paid consultant.

(Definition of “payroll” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)