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

  • $1,857 Weekly Pay
  • 46,900 workers Employment Size
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 87.2% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 39.9 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 57.5% female Gender Share

The number of Human Resource Managers fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 46,900 in 2017 to 52,900 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 39,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a large number for an occupation of this size).

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Human Resource Managers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: They work in many industries such as Public Administration and Safety; Administrative and Support Services; and Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (87.2%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 39.9 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 57.5% 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 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
200741900
200845800
200940300
201046700
201144200
201250100
201347300
201447000
201549200
201647400
201746900
202252900

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 ManagersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings18571230

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)
Public Administration and Safety11.5
Administrative and Support Services10.8
Health Care and Social Assistance10.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services9.6
Other Industries57.3

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 ManagersAll Jobs Average
NSW33.031.6
VIC29.926.2
QLD18.019.7
SA4.76.7
WA8.910.8
TAS1.72.0
NT1.41.1
ACT2.51.8

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 ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.2-5.25.2
20-243.3-9.99.9
25-3420.2-23.623.6
35-4433.8-21.721.7
45-5425.2-20.820.8
55-5911.2-8.88.8
60-644.0-6.06.0
65 and Over2.1-4.04.0

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 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 & 102-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

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.

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 Public Sector VET training pathways and Business Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

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

  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.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-3121.00 - Human Resources Managers.

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