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

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

You usually need a formal qualification in human resources to work as a Human Resource Manager. Human Resource Managers often have university qualifications.

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

All Human Resource Managers

  • $2,464 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 57,800 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 87% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 57% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Human Resource Managers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 57,800 in 2018 to 65,200 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 48,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 9,600 a year).

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
  • Location: Human Resource Managers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: They work in many industries such as Public Administration and Safety; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,464 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 (87%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 57% 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
200845800
200940300
201046700
201144200
201250100
201347300
201447300
201550500
201647900
201751300
201857800
202365200

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 ManagersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings24641460

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)
Public Administration and Safety12.4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services9.5
Health Care and Social Assistance8.8
Education and Training8.5
Other Industries60.8

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on 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 ManagersAll Jobs Average
NSW34.331.6
VIC26.225.6
QLD17.020.0
SA5.67.0
WA11.010.8
TAS1.62.0
NT1.11.0
ACT3.21.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketHuman Resource ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.2-5.05.0
20-242.0-9.39.3
25-3418.5-22.922.9
35-4432.8-22.022.0
45-5429.5-21.621.6
55-599.8-9.09.0
60-645.0-6.06.0
65 and Over2.2-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate23.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree32.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma19.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV9.5-21.121.1
Year 1210.0-18.118.1
Year 111.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below3.0-12.512.5

You usually need a formal qualification in human resources to work as a Human Resource Manager. Human Resource Managers often have university qualifications.

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Personnel and Human Resources

    79% Skill level

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

  2. Education and Training

    71% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Administration and Management

    69% Skill level

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

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    69% Skill level

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

  5. Clerical

    68% Skill level

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

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The skills and 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.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

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

    99% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    96% Important

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

  4. Freedom to Make Decisions

    93% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  5. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    93% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and 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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