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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Identify and demonstrate understanding of different types of employment contracts and how this impacts payroll administration 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264377  Identify and demonstrate understanding of different types of employment contracts and how this impacts payroll administration 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Administration 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Office Administration 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for learners working within a payroll environment, where the acquisition of competence against this standard will add value to one's job capabilities. The completion of this standard will provide the learner with an understanding of the different types of employment contracts in place and how these contracts affect the way in which payrolls are administered.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Differentiating and demonstrating an understanding of the different types of employment contracts.
  • Identifying the differences between wage and salary structures.
  • Identifying and demonstrating a basic understanding of the implications of written and verbal contracts.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of how contracts affect payroll administration. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner has the following knowledge and skills:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Differentiate and demonstrate an understanding of the different types of employment contracts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Temporary employment contracts are explained with examples and in relation to payroll administration. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Casual employment contracts are explained with examples and in relation to payroll administration. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Permanent employment contracts are explained with examples and in relation to payroll administration. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Fixed term contracts are explained with examples and in relation to payroll administration. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Part time contracts are explained with examples and in relation to payroll administration. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The contracts that affect directors are explained in relation to the payroll function. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify the differences between wage and salary structures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The differences between wage and salary structures are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The methods for paying wages in own organisation are explained in relation to payroll function. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The typical salary structures that exist within own organisations and the various factors that impact payroll are explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify and demonstrate a basic understanding of the implications of written and verbal contracts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The conditions of a written contract and the implications thereof on the employee, employer and the payroll function are basically explained in relation to own organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The conditions of a verbal contract and the implications thereof on the employee, employer and the payroll function are basically explained in relation to own organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Typical problems and queries arising from written and verbal contracts within the payroll environment are identified and explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate an understanding of how contracts affect payroll administration. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The frequency of payouts are identified in relation to the different types of contracts that may exist in own organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The methods of payment are explained in relation to the different types of contracts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The structure of payments is explained in relation to the different types of contracts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The ways in which the Basic Conditions of Employment Act affects salary structures and employment contracts is basically explained with examples. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The learner must demonstrate an understanding of:
  • Data capturing for a payroll system.
  • Professionalism in a payroll environment.
  • Basic Conditions of Employment Act and how it affects employment contracts.
  • Basic principles of contracts.
  • The various employment contracts that are in place in organisations.
  • Salary structures in relation to employment contracts. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking processes relating to pay structures and the related contracts. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in a team, group, or organisation to handle queries relating to contracts and the related pay structures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively to ensure that payroll administration support proactively provides for the different pay structures in place and that all preparations for payroll administration are completed accordingly. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information relating to the different types of employment contracts in order to prepare information for payroll effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion to process payroll administration support function in line with requirements the various employment contracts. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility to the environment and health of others to ensure that all payroll administrative functions are accurately captured in relation to employment contracts and salary structures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of interrelated systems by recognising that the payroll environment do not exist in isolation and that the various employment contracts and salary structures will affect how the payroll is administered. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Participate as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities by effectively ensuring that payroll administration support complies with contractual requirements in order to maintain professionalism and credibility. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  93997   National Certificate: Contact Centre and Business Process Outsourcing Support  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  61595   Further Education and Training Certificate: Business Administration Services  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  93995   Further Education and Training Certificate: Payroll Administration Services  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


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