What do Human Resource (HR) Managers do?
HR Managers are responsible for overseeing the organisation of the workforce in businesses and organisations.
If you’re good at multi-tasking, non-judgemental and able to take a balanced approach to situations then working as an HR Manager could be a rewarding career for you.
- Efficient, organised and open-minded, with excellent leadership and management qualities
- Fantastic interpersonal abilities with next level problem-solving and mediation skills
- Able to balance the needs of employees, employer and any legal requirements
- Create and implement plans, strategies and procedures relating to human resources (the workforce)
- Responsible for recruiting new staff, managing the performance and reviews (including salaries) of current staff, and implementing training for individuals or groups within the organisation
- Providing resolutions to workplace complaints or conflicts, organising counselling or support for staff
- Dealing with payroll, occupational health & safety, holiday allowances, sickness, performance, contracts, and rights enquiries and grievances
- Keeping accurate and up to date records for all employees, attending meetings, delegating duties, and carrying out administrative jobs
Lifestyle Impact: High
- Part Time opportunities: Low (13% of HR Managers work part time – Source: joboutlook.gov.au)
- Above average hours for full-time workers (they average 46 per week)
- HR Managers salary (average) $115,000 per year (Source: gov.au)
- Future career growth: Very strong (Source: joboutlook.gov.au)
- Most people in this job work full time and they work more than the national average number of hours per week. However, some of the work could be done remotely (from home), and in general most work is carried out in normal business hours.
HR Managers are most in demand in these locations:
New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia (Seek.com.au). HR Managers are required in any medium to large businesses and organisations, so there are plenty of opportunities nationally.
How to become a Human Resources Manager in Australia
A formal qualification is usually required to work as an HR Manager and there’ll be ongoing training and professional development to consider too.
Step 1 – Complete Year 12 and get your ATAR, you’ll need do well in English as it’s a prerequisite for most degrees. Other subjects that could be useful include Maths, Psychology and Business.
Step 2 – Try and get some relevant work experience, it could help you with uni and job applications, you’ll also learn more about the role and find out if it’s a career you’d like to pursue.
Step 3 – Find and complete a course that will provide you with the qualifications you’ll need in order to apply for HR positions. There are a few options to consider, for example:
You could take an administrative position within an HR department, then complete a Certificate IV in Human Resources which could allow you to apply for promotions, or count towards credits for a higher qualification (as above) to advance your career.
Note: Most courses will be available to do online, and you may be able to complete them full or part time.
Step 4 – Once you’ve been employed in an HR position, you’ll need to be committed to continuous learning and personal development:
- Keep up to date on the latest legislations
- Attend seminars and workshops to learn from other professionals
- Get experience in varied roles and apply for promotions
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Do I need qualifications to become a Human Resource Manager?
Yes, formal qualifications are generally a requirement to make you eligible in applications for HR Management roles. Although you could start with a lower level job in Human Resources and work your way up, qualifications may still be necessary if you’d like to be promoted into management level.
Where do Human Resource Managers work?
Human resources managers usually work in departmental offices within businesses and organisations. Sometimes they may be able to carry out their duties from home or other remote locations. It may be necessary to travel to visit other branches, attend training and professional meetings, or recruit employees.
What do Human Resources Managers do?
HR Managers work on behalf of their employer to ensure that their staff are productive and meeting targets, within the legal requirements. They also work on behalf of employees to ensure that they are happy, properly paid, working in a safe environment, and meeting all their responsibilities to the employer.
Is HR Management a good career choice?
It could be a rewarding career both in terms of salary and job satisfaction. It’s anticipated to become more in demand too. There are also opportunities for promotions and to pivot into different areas of business.