Human Resource Professionals plan, develop, implement and evaluate staff recruitment, assist in resolving disputes by advising on workplace matters, and represent industrial, commercial, union, employer and other parties in negotiations on issues such as enterprise bargaining, rates of pay and conditions of employment.

A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually needed and half of workers have a university degree. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

Tasks

  • arranging for advertising of job vacancies, interviewing and testing of applicants, and selection of staff
  • maintaining personnel records and associated human resource information systems
  • providing advice and information to management on workplace relations policies and procedures, staff performance and disciplinary matters
  • arranging the induction of staff and providing information on conditions of service, salaries and promotional opportunities
  • receiving and recording job vacancy information from employers such as details about job description, wages and conditions of employment
  • providing information on current job vacancies in the organisation to employers and job seekers
  • undertaking negotiations on terms and conditions of employment, and examining and resolving disputes and grievances
  • studying and interpreting legislation, awards, collective agreements and employment contracts, wage payment systems and dispute settlement procedures
  • developing, planning and formulating enterprise agreements or collective contracts such as productivity-based wage adjustment procedures, workplace relations policies and programs, and procedures for their implementation
  • overseeing the formation and conduct of workplace consultative committees and employee participation initiatives

Job Titles

  • Human Resource Adviser or Consultant
  • Recruitment or Employment Consultant
  • Workplace Relations Adviser
  • Human Resource Adviser or Consultant

    Provides staffing and personnel administration services in support of an organisation's human resource policies and programs.

    Specialisations: Personnel Officer, Workforce Planning Analyst

  • Recruitment or Employment Consultant

    Interviews applicants to determine their job requirements and suitability for particular jobs, and assists employers to find suitable staff.

    Specialisations: Casting Agent, Literary Agent

  • Workplace Relations Adviser

    Assists in resolving disputes by advising on workplace relations policies and problems, and representing industrial, commercial, union, employer or other parties in negotiations on rates of pay and conditions of employment.

    Specialisations: Industrial Relations Officer, Trade Union Official, Union Organiser

Fast Facts

  • $1,339 Weekly Pay
  • 63,900 workers Employment Size
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 80.5% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 38.2 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 66.4% female Gender Share

The number of Human Resource Professionals grew moderately the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 63,900 in 2018 to 70,800 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 59,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 11,800 a year).

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Human Resource Professionals work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Administrative and Support Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,339 per week (higher than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (80.5%, higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 38.2 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 66.4% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200857200
200946700
201054600
201161800
201266000
201360300
201455400
201556400
201660600
201765100
201863900
202370800

Weekly Earnings

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 ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings13391230

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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)
Administrative and Support Services40.1
Public Administration and Safety14.7
Health Care and Social Assistance8.0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5.9
Other Industries31.3

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 2017, 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 ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
NSW39.931.6
VIC24.226.2
QLD17.619.7
SA4.26.7
WA9.310.8
TAS1.22.0
NT1.51.1
ACT2.11.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketHuman Resource ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.2-5.25.2
20-249.3-9.99.9
25-3437.6-23.623.6
35-4422.1-21.721.7
45-5418.7-20.820.8
55-597.3-8.88.8
60-643.2-6.06.0
65 and Over1.7-4.04.0

Education Level

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 ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate9.8-8.68.6
Bachelor degree40.9-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma13-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV8.7-18.918.9
Year 1221.4-18.718.7
Years 11 & 106.2-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually needed and half of workers have a university degree. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Business Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Human Resource Professionals who have strong people skills, who are well presented and can communicate clearly.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Personnel and Human Resources

    89% Important

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

  2. English Language

    83% Important

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

  3. Clerical

    81% Important

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  4. Administration and Management

    78% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  5. Customer and Personal Service

    74% Important

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

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    91% Important

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

  2. Interacting With Computers

    87% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  3. Getting Information

    87% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Staffing Organizational Units

    86% Important

    Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.

  5. Building Good Relationships

    85% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

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