Pay for workplace relations advisers varies depending on experience and the nature of their work.
Workplace relations advisers with some work experience or qualifications usually earn between $73,000 and $90,000 a year.
Workplace relations managers and advisers for large organisations usually earn between $90,000 and $140,000.
Source : Hays, 'Hays Salary Guide 2015', 2015.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Workplace relations advisers may do some or all of the following :
set up appointments for parties to meet for mediation
guide disputing parties to help them understand the situation from all perspectives
help parties come to a mutual agreement
help write the agreement for the parties to sign
organise and give public presentations to community agencies, schools and other organisations
assist with employment agreement negotiations
work with organisations to prevent disputes.
Skills and knowledge
Workplace relations advisers need to have knowledge of :
dispute-resolution methods such as negotiation and mediation
the Treaty of Waitangi
Workplace relations advisers who specialise in a particular industry, such as construction, tourism or insurance, need to have knowledge of that area.
Workplace relations advisers :
usually work regular business hours, but may be required to work longer hours, including evenings and weekends, to complete negotiations
work in workplaces, government departments, community law centres, private offices and union offices
can work under stressful conditions as they may have to deal with upset, angry people
may travel locally and regionally to venues such as marae, community halls or worksites to conduct mediations.
There are no specific entry requirements to become a workplace relations adviser, but a degree or diploma in one of the following areas is recommended :
human resources or business management
disputes resolution and mediation
industrial relations or psychology.
Work experience is crucial and knowledge of the employment sector you represent is important.
Employer training preferences
Many employers prefer that you have studied a dispute resolution course so you can get accredited with a dispute resolution institute.
Some government-employed workplace relations advisers must have a law degree.
To get a degree you need a university entrance qualification (NCEA Level 3). To do a diploma you usually need NCEA Level 2.
Useful subjects include English, te reo Māori, history, maths, economics and languages.
Workplace relations advisers need to be :
good at solving problems and making decisions
mature and impartial
able to motivate, coach and inspire trust in others
able to relate to a wide range of people
good at listening and communicating
able to evaluate, explain and write reports on complex and technical issues
able to keep information private
Useful experience for workplace relations advisers includes :
work with trade unions or community advocacy groups
human resources work
counselling, teaching or social work
work involving negotiation
work as a personnel, training or recruitment officer.
Workplace relations advisers can choose to register with one of two bodies :
Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand
To gain registration you may need to pass a test. Once registered, you will need to do professional development or work a set number of cases each year to remain registered.