Human Resources Adviser
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
2 months ago

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 agreements
  • employment legislation, such as the Employment Relations Act, Human Rights Act, Equal Pay Act and Privacy Act.
  • Working conditions

    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.
  • Entry requirements

    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.
  • Secondary education

    NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include English, economics and technology.

    Personal requirements

    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

    Useful experience for human resources advisers includes :

  • any work with people, building relationships
  • work as a training or recruitment adviser
  • administrative work
  • social work.
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