what being a payroll clerk entails
As a payroll clerk, you'll spend most of your day working independently on your computer. You will routinely calculate pay and benefit entitlements for staff while ensuring accurate and timely payroll deadlines are met.
You may be involved in additional duties related to reports, reconciliations, preparation of T4 tax slips, RRSP administration, taxable benefits, and payroll related remittances and filing. You might also assist with Workers’ Compensation and employee personnel files.
If you become a payroll clerk in a large organization, you’ll work in an office atmosphere with other human resources professionals and administrative staff. In a smaller organization, you may be one of very few staff responsible for a variety of functions in addition to payroll, such as accounting, reception, and other administrative duties. You will usually work the typical office hours of 9 to 5, but sometimes you’ll work late, for example, when preparing T4 slips at year-end.
You’ll report to a payroll supervisor or office manager who will train you on payroll systems and processes, monitor your efficiency, and complete your annual performance review.