Human Resource Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the human resource and workplace relations activities within organisations.

A Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job. Around three in five workers have a university degree.

Tasks

  • determining, implementing, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating human resource management strategies, policies and plans to meet business needs
  • advising and assisting other Managers in applying sound recruitment and selection practices, and appropriate induction, training and development programs
  • developing and implementing performance management systems to plan, appraise and improve individual and team performance
  • representing the organisation in negotiations with unions and employees to determine remuneration and other conditions of employment
  • developing and implementing occupational health and safety programs and equal employment opportunity programs, and ensuring compliance with related statutory requirements
  • overseeing the application of redundancy and other employee retrenchment policies
  • monitoring employment costs and productivity levels
  • may train and advise other Managers in personnel and workplace relations matters

Job Titles

  • Human Resource Manager
  • Human Resource Manager

    Specialisations: Occupational Health and Safety Manager, Training and Development Manager, Workplace Relations Manager

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,857 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    strong
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    47,900
  • Unemployment

    average
  • Male Share

    47.5%
  • Female Share

    52.5%
  • Full-Time Share

    91.7%

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This is a very large occupation employing 47,900 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown.
Strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 25,001 and 50,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Human Resource Managers work in most parts of Australia.
  • They work in many industries. Some of the main industries are: Public Administration and Safety; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Administrative and Support Services.
  • Almost all work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 39.6 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,857 per week (very high compared to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 43 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Around 5 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200535800
200639600
200743600
200845100
200942600
201045300
201148000
201249400
201347100
201444500
201547900
202053900

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsHuman Resource ManagersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings18571230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryHuman Resource ManagersAll Jobs Average
Full-time91.768.4
Part-time8.331.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)39.640.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Public Administration and Safety13.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services11.3
Administrative and Support Services10.8
Education and Training8.6
Other Industries55.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateHuman Resource ManagersAll Jobs Average
NSW32.231.8
VIC24.025.5
QLD17.719.8
SA6.16.8
WA14.711.2
TAS1.62.0
NT1.41.1
ACT2.31.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketHuman Resource ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.2-5.45.4
20-242.2-9.99.9
25-3422.9-23.423.4
35-4432.4-21.721.7
45-5425.4-21.121.1
55-5910.2-8.78.7
60-644.9-5.95.9
65 and Over1.8-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryHuman Resource ManagersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males47.5Males53.6
Females52.5Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationHuman Resource ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate25.3-8.68.6
Bachelor degree34.1-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.9-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV12.5-18.918.9
Year 1212.1-18.718.7
Years 11 & 102.0-17.717.7
Below Year 100.0-8.18.1

A Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job.
Around one in two workers have a Post Graduate degree.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Human Resource Managers who have strong leadership and planning, can communicate well in a team and are organised.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Personnel and Human Resources

    97% Important

    Recruiting and training people. Managing pay and other entitlements like sick and holiday leave. Negotiating pay and conditions.

  2. Administration and Management

    81% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  3. English Language

    77% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    74% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Law and Government

    73% Important

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    96% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  2. Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others

    94% Important

    Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving conflicts, and negotiating with people.

  3. Building Good Relationships

    93% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

  4. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    91% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  5. Checking Compliance with Standards

    87% Important

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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