What Do Human Resources and Payroll Pros Do?

October 28, 2020 | British Columbia

Employees are among a company’s most valuable assets. That’s why skilled human resources and payroll professionals are in high demand. They handle vital responsibilities, such as recruitment, training, and compensation.

“Regardless of a company’s size, it needs an effective human resources professional or department to perform tasks ranging from hiring and payroll to overseeing company policies and legal compliance,” according to Indeed.

Working in the field can be financially rewarding. Human resources officers in B.C. earn a median wage of $27 per hour, according to figures from the Government of Canada.

Are you interested in becoming a human resources and payroll professional? If so, here’s a look at some of the core skills required to enter this exciting field:

Bookkeeping and Accounting

Here’s where it’s important to have a foundation of math and computer skills. You might need to prepare financial statements or do journal entries in a deadline-driven environment. Many roles require an understanding of accounting software such as Sage 50 or QuickBooks.


It’s essential to be detail-oriented when it comes to payroll. Employees are counting on timely and accurate pay. There is also important legislation to follow related to the Canada Pension Plan, employment insurance, income tax, employment standards, and more.


Working in human resources means being focused on people. You need to have a solid understanding of customer service and interpersonal communication. You’ll encounter a wide range of personalities working in this field.

Staffing and Training

Finding the right talent and ensuring they have the tools to excel is a significant part of the job. You might be required to conduct needs analyses, design training programs, or conduct performance appraisals.

Start Your Training

You can train for a career in this exciting field by taking the Human Resources and Payroll Coordinator diploma program at CDI College. In less than a year, you’ll gain all of the skills and knowledge you need to get hired.

This accelerated, hands-on program will also give you a competitive edge. Before graduation, you’ll complete a valuable real-world practicum placement. In addition, you’ll fulfill course credit requirements for the Canadian Payroll Association Certified Payroll Management Program at the level of Payroll Compliance Practitioner.

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