Payroll jobs are hot

Need for specialized skills, knowledge changing nature of the profession.
By Giuliano Tolusso
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/10/2001

After several lukewarm years, the payroll job market is “on fire” and this trend shows few signs of letting up anytime soon. The days of employers preaching “you’re lucky just to have a job” are long gone and companies know it.

The pool of qualified practitioners has traditionally been small since payroll is a profession people “fell into” rather than actively pursued straight out of school.

Attitudes are changing, however, as seasoned practitioners are increasingly valued by companies for the scope of their knowledge and expertise on everything from taxation to employment standards to workers’ compensation. In addition, newly minted accounting graduates see the value of some time spent in payroll as a valuable step in their career progression.