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all about benefits clerks

You will help manage company benefits plans for all employees within your organization and provide administrative support to the benefits administrator and other senior HR staff members. Part of your role involves ensuring all paperwork is filed, employee benefits records are updated and accurate, processing applications and other tasks to ensure the benefits program runs smoothly. You will also be a go-to person to answer benefits-related questions and inquiries from employees, and assist employees with benefits claim submissions. If you enjoy working with people, are a strong communicator, and are seeking a career in HR, contact Randstad Canada today to learn more about available benefits clerk positions.

what benefits clerk jobs entail

Benefits clerks commonly work within the human resources department. You will work standard office hours and spend most of your time working on a computer. You will work closely with the benefits administrator and report to them. You may be required to attend meetings, provide information sessions for employees, and be in communication with insurance companies, vendors, and other organizations involved with the benefits program.

average benefits clerk salaries

The average salary for a benefits clerk in Canada is approximately $45,000 annually. You can expect a starting salary of about $35,000. With experience, you can make up to $55,000 per year. Compensation increases with experience, time in the role, and specialized skills related to payroll and benefits administration. Performance bonuses and employee benefits may also be included in your employee offer.

your day to day tasks

A benefits clerk is responsible for ensuring all files, benefits forms, and processes are executed. You will assist with the day-to-day operations of the company’s group benefits plans for group health, dental, vision, disability, worker's compensation, life insurance, travel insurance, health spending accounts, and retirement. Common day-to-day tasks include:

  • processing benefits forms
  • following up with employees about claims
  • adding new employees to the plan
  • providing information to employees
  • assisting with managing the benefits plan
  • reviewing benefits plans and performing audits
  • troubleshooting employee issues related to benefits
  • supporting benefits delivery
  • coordinating benefits processing and payouts

where you can work

Benefits clerks commonly work for large organizations that offer benefits as part of their employee compensation plans. You can work for companies across Canada in all industries. Common industries include retail, business services, manufacturing, healthcare, finance, and many others. Some benefits clerks work directly for benefits plans providers or third party benefits companies.

what you bring to the table

Benefits clerks need to have a diverse skill set that complements HR tasks in addition to knowledge related to benefits administration and payroll. Some of the many skills that are required for benefits clerks include the following:

  • excellent communication skills
  • strong time management skills
  • strong computer proficiency
  • strong analytical skills
  • ability to work with highly sensitive information and records
  • attention to detail
  • knowledge of all legislation regarding employee benefits
  • willingness to learn and expand your knowledge related to benefits

training and certifications

You will be required to have a minimum of a high school diploma to work as a benefits clerk. However, most hiring companies today require you to have a college degree in human resources or a related field. A college degree will help you advance your career once you are ready to move on from a benefits clerk role. Other business and computer skills and certificates are an asset. Additional and ongoing training will be provided to ensure you have knowledge of employee benefits laws and legislation.

where your career is headed

Benefits clerks in Canada have a number of options to take the next step in their careers. The natural next step is to take on a more senior role in benefits administration. Many also move into other human resources jobs, such as payroll management. There are a variety of opportunities to move up and grow internally and externally.

If you are exploring your options for benefits clerk jobs in Canada, contact Randstad Canada today to get access to newly posted jobs and information.

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