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.

    You can work as a Human Resource Professional without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Human Resource Professionals. Traineeships are also available.

    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

    More about Human Resource Professionals

    All Human Resource Professionals

    All Human Resource Professionals

    • $1,662 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 63,900 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 81% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 37 years Average age
    • 72% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Human Resource Professionals (in their main job) 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 2018.
    • Location: Human Resource Professionals work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Administrative and Support Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,662 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (81%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 72% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    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
    201765100.0
    201863900
    202370800

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings16621460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Administrative and Support Services36.1
    Public Administration and Safety13.6
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services7.5
    Health Care and Social Assistance7.2
    Other Industries35.6

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateHuman Resource ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
    NSW33.031.6
    VIC25.425.6
    QLD18.520.0
    SA6.07.0
    WA11.010.8
    TAS1.62.0
    NT1.21.0
    ACT3.31.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketHuman Resource ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.3-5.05.0
    20-246.7-9.39.3
    25-3436.0-22.922.9
    35-4427.5-22.022.0
    45-5418.1-21.621.6
    55-595.9-9.09.0
    60-643.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). 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 Certificate14.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree35.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV12.3-21.121.1
    Year 1215.1-18.118.1
    Year 112.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below3.9-12.512.5

    You can work as a Human Resource Professional without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Human Resource Professionals. Traineeships are also available.

    Membership with the Australian Human Resources Institute or the Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association may be useful.

    Thinking about study or training?

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

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • 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.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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

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

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Clerical

      86% Skill level

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

    2. Personnel and Human Resources

      81% Skill level

      Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

    3. Administration and Management

      67% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    4. Customer and Personal Service

      62% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    5. Computers and Electronics

      58% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Electronic Mail

      100% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    2. Telephone

      100% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      98% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Contact With Others

      91% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    5. Letters and Memos

      91% Important

      How often do you write letters and memos?

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