Pay for human resources advisers varies depending on experience and the type of the organisation they work for.
Entry-level human resources advisers usually earn between $50,000 and $60,000 a year.
Human resources advisers with two to four years' experience can earn between $70,000 and $100,000.
Senior human resources advisers with more than five years' experience usually earn $100,000 or more.
Human resources managers who report to the chief executive can earn between $150,000 and $300,000 a year.
Source : Human Resources Institute of New Zealand, March 2017.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Human resources advisers may do some or all of the following :
analyse organisation staffing needs, write job descriptions and advertise vacancies
consult with management, staff and unions about salaries and working conditions
give advice on workplace relations policies and procedures, performance management and employment relations matters
give advice on employment legislation and health and safety regulations
identify and plan staff learning and development
develop strategies for human resources areas such as recruitment, remuneration, learning and development, change management and legislative compliance
talk to staff about personal or work problems
mentor and coach staff
manage the payroll.
Skills and knowledge
Human resources advisers need to have knowledge of :
employment legislation, such as the Employment Relations Act, Human Rights Act, Equal Pay Act and Privacy Act.
Human resources advisers :
usually work regular business hours, but may be required to work additional hours to meet job requirements
work in offices
may travel locally to conferences, meetings and training courses, or overseas to conferences.
To become a human resources adviser it is preferred you have a relevant tertiary qualification, such as :
a diploma in human resource management or in industrial psychology
a degree majoring in human resource management, employment relations, management or industrial psychology.
NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include English, economics and technology.
Human resources advisers need to be :
skilled at communicating with and listening to people, both in person and in writing
trustworthy, with high levels of integrity
able to keep information confidential
organised, and good at time management
able to negotiate and deal with conflict effectively
empathetic, and able to relate to people from a wide range of backgrounds.
Useful experience for human resources advisers includes :
any work with people, building relationships
work as a training or recruitment adviser