Job Description: Master Payroll

The master payroll is responsible for managing all payroll-related activities in a company. It ensures that employees are paid on time and that appropriate deductions and contributions are made.

Main functions:

  • Prepare, process and distribute employee payroll in a timely manner.
  • Calculate hours worked, holidays, deductions and bonuses.
  • Manage contributions to pensions, insurance and other benefits.
  • Ensure that withholding taxes are made in accordance with laws and regulations.
  • Resolve payroll issues and questions.
  • Prepare reports on payroll expenses.


  • Ensure the accuracy and timeliness of employee payroll.
  • Ensure compliance with tax and labor laws and regulations regarding payroll.
  • Manage and resolve payroll issues and questions.
  • Maintain payroll records and employee information.
  • Collaborate with other departments (such as human resources) to ensure that all payroll information is correct.


The salary for the master payroll position may vary depending on the industry, company size, experience and skills of the candidate. In Quebec, the average salary for this position is around CAD 50,000 to CAD 70,000 per year in 2023.

Useful statistics:

According to Statistics Canada data, demand for master payrolls remains stable, with moderate growth expected as businesses expand and payroll regulations become more complex.

Required skills:

  • Degree in accounting, human resources or a related field.
  • Experience in payroll processing.
  • Knowledge of tax and labor laws and regulations.
  • Problem-solving and customer service skills.
  • Mastery of payroll software and human resources information systems (HRIS).

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  • Personal suitability:

The master payroll must have great attention to detail and an ability to work accurately, given the importance of accuracy in payroll processing. He must also be able to effectively manage deadlines and priorities, and excellent communication skills are required to solve problems and answer questions regarding payroll.

  • Career and development opportunities:

With experience, the master payroll can progress to leadership positions in payroll or human resources management. They may also consider specializing in specific areas, such as accounting or benefits.

  • Continuing education and certifications:

The field of payroll is constantly evolving, with regular changes in tax and labor laws and regulations. Therefore, continuous training is often necessary to stay up to date. Professional certifications, such as the Canadian Payroll Association’s Certified Payroll Specialist (APS) certification, can also be beneficial.

  • Working conditions:

The master payroll typically works in an office environment and frequently uses a computer and other office technology. The position may require working outside of normal hours, especially during end-of-pay periods.

  • Conclusion:

The role of the master payroll is essential to ensure that employees are paid correctly and on time. With strong accounting, time management, and customer service skills, payroll can contribute significantly to employee satisfaction and overall business efficiency. The position also offers good career development opportunities for those who are ready to adapt and grow in this ever-changing field.

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