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The Society of Authors is the UK trade union for writers, illustrators, scriptwriters and literary translators. We've been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession since 1884.

With over 11,800 members and 28 staff, the SoA provides unlimited, free advice on all aspects of the writing profession, including the confidential, clause-by-clause vetting of publishing agreements, publications and a wide range of benefits.

We empower authors through campaigning, professional training, events, conferences, regional and special interest groups and community networks. We also manage around 15 charities which provide prizes and grants to writers, and we manage over 50 literary estates.

Our Values
The SoA is an organisation where everyone can grow and develop, and it's also a great place to work. Our working culture is collaborative, friendly and supportive. We’re located in bright, modern offices on Bedford Row at the heart of vibrant Bloomsbury.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of our values. We are an organisation that aims to tackle structural discrimination and prejudice. Part of this commitment means we are looking to increase diversity in our organisation at all levels and in all forms. We therefore strongly encourage applications from a broad range of social, cultural, educational and underrepresented backgrounds.


As a progressive and ethical not-for-profit organisation, we offer a range of benefits to support your physical, mental and financial wellbeing. We're a member of London's thriving Knowledge Quarter, the Smart Work Network and a London Living Wage Accredited Employer. Benefits include:

  • Living-Wage-Employer-Logo-(1).PNGCompetitive salary
  • Flexible, family-friendly, disability confident working practices
  • Generous annual leave, including all bank holidays
  • Generous employer contributions to a stakeholder pension plan
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Employee perks scheme
  • dc_badge1-(002).pngPrivate healthcare options
  • Interest-free annual travel card loan
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Death-in-service benefit
  • Ongoing development opportunities
  • Office closure over Christmas
Join us to make a positive difference for writers, illustrators, scriptwriters and literary translators.

Current vacancies

Part-time Payroll and HR Administrator

Contract: Part-time, permanent.
Basic hours per week: 7 hours per week initially. Potential for further hours.
Salary: £24,500 – £26,500 FTE, depending on experience.
Work location: From home. Office/hybrid working is available if preferred.
Training: Ideally, induction training to be completed at the office.
Reports to: Head of Finance and Head of Staff.

We are looking for an experienced Payroll and HR Administrator to support our Head of Finance and Head of Staff. The successful candidate will provide flexible support working part-time from home.

You will have:
* Experience of working within a payroll and HR function.
* Experience of managing the payroll process from start to finish using SAGE 50.
* Excellent attention to detail and accuracy.
* Numerically astute.
* Experience of working with BrightHR or similar platform (desirable, not essential).
* Experience and familiarity with Office 365, particularly Teams, Outlook, Excel and SharePoint.

View the full role description


To apply for this role or to find out more, email Anna Ganley at by Friday 29 April. When applying, please email your CV together with your letter of application. We are happy to receive applications in alternative formats such as by video or audio. All applications will be acknowledged.

Interviews will be conducted via Zoom. If you have any access needs, please let us know. Ideally, candidates will be able to start sometime in May.

We politely request no contact from recruitment agencies or media sales. We do not accept speculative CVs from recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of our values. We tackle structural discrimination and prejudice wherever we see it. Part of this commitment means we are looking to increase the diversity in our organisation at all levels. We strongly encourage applications from a broad range of social, cultural, educational and underrepresented backgrounds.

We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates, regardless of age, sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital/civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity. We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria. We welcome requests for flexible working.

Privacy Statement

By sending your CV in response to this advert, you are giving us consent to contact you to discuss your application as per our Privacy Statement for job applicants. We endeavour to respond to all applications but if you do not hear from us within seven working days, please assume your application has been unsuccessful and your records will be deleted from our system.

Financial support

The Book Trade Charity offers financial help to applicants (particularly those under the age of 30) looking for jobs in the book trade, including help with interview costs, affordable housing and accommodation. Find out more.

Find your perfect role in the creative industries

Creative Careers is an initiative by the UK creative industries to make it easier for young people to find careers in the creative industries. Find out more

Volunteer with us

As a member of the Society of Authors there are lots of ways you can get involved. From volunteering on our Management Committee or on a Special Interest Group Committee, through to running a local group in your area. 

If you're interested in getting involved with the work of the Society of Authors, get in touch.