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Human Resources Manager

Lead a team to foster a productive and safe work environment for employees.

What's it like to be a Human Resources Manager?

Human Resource (HR) Managers create, manage and coordinate strategies, policies, programs and systems that ensure ongoing suitability of staff within an organisation, as well as concentrating on staff wellbeing.

Tasks and duties

  • Recruit new staff members, managing performance and reviews of current staff, and coordinating learning and development opportunities for individuals and groups within the organisation.
  • Address workplace complaints or conflicts, in addition to organising counselling or support for staff members.
  • Assist with performance management and review staff remuneration as required.

HR Managers generally lead a team who strive to create a productive, safe and happy workplace for staff and employers.

HR Managers tend to be approachable individuals who have excellent communication skills, with the ability to listen carefully as well as to speak clearly and sensitively.

What can I earn as a Human Resources Manager?

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The most common salary for a Human Resources Manager is between $100k and $120k
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How to become a Human Resources Manager

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To be an HR Manager in Australia, it is recommended that you have a relevant qualification in human resources. This could be a bachelor or diploma-level qualification.
  1. Undertake a qualification in human resource management, such as a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) or a Diploma in Human Resources Management. These courses will develop skills in industrial relations, talent management, recruitment, diversity and inclusion and effective workplace relationships.
  2. If you wish to undertake further study, consider an Advanced Diploma of Management (Human Resources).
  3. There are numerous opportunities for HR Managers who wish to develop their careers, such as becoming a human resources director, consultant or advisor.

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How do Human Resources Managers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 48 Human Resources Managers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.1
Job satisfaction
4.2
Career progression opportunities
3.9
Job security
4.0
Pay / Salary
3.8
Variety of work
4.3

Latest reviews

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Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Business Administration (Human Resource Management)
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Training and Development
The good things
No 2 days are the same. Rewarding but challenging at the same time as there are so many different scenarios on a daily basis.
The challenges
Having to let people go and make them redundant is quite challenging.
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Advanced Diploma of Management (Human Resources)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Generalist
The good things
Building relationships with employees and helping to facilitate the relationship between employees and management is one rewarding aspect of a HR role. Working with management and employees to foster ...
The challenges
The major challenge to my role is managements view about the HR role and its responsibilities- unfortunately in this company management has a narrow charter for HR. This unfortunately affrects the eff...
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Business
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Human Resources
The good things
The ability to contribute to the organisations vision and strategy by implementing sound initiatives such as leadership development. Being able to drive employee engagement through various means and h...
The challenges
Difficulties in translating the initiatives implementated to the bottom line.
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Industrial Relations
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
What differentiates an organisation in not its product, etc (sure a monopoly may have an advantage for a while but not for long) IT IS its people, obviously their technical skills and abilities but mo...
The challenges
Going back to my previous answer. It starts with top management, you really need them to understand the importance of HR principles and best practice for the success of the business and by the way the...
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Human Resources
The good things
Hr roles can vary depending on the size of the organisation and the size of the hr team Often the larger the organisation and team the more specific the role Smaller organisations will give a hr pract...
The challenges
Maintaining up to date legal and compliance awards etc knowledge Often being a conduit between management and staff
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Human Resources management, recruitment and training
The good things
It’s very rewarding to see the right person being recruited and grow their career within the organisation or anywhere that he/she shines through their skills & knowledge gained from the training provi...
The challenges
Employees performance review especially having to conduct disciplinary or employment termination can sometimes be gut ranging. It’s so sad to see talented people leave.
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Business Administration
Experience
1 – 4 years
Specialisation
IR/HR
The good things
Working as a HR Project Managers can be both exciting but also very challenging. You most likely will be involved in different life cycles of project work, such as pre- mobilization activities , set...
The challenges
Being on a FIFO arrangement can be challenging 3/1 I found that contracting leadership teams approach to workers and clients especially in values and ethics did not always line up with my personal v...
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of HR
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Generalist
The good things
The good things about being an HR Manager is that you can specialise into a certain area of HR or you can become a generalist and then have a variety of responsibilities. No day is ever the same!
The challenges
The challenges of being an HR Manager are that you often have to have difficult conversation with people.
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of HR
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
HR
The good things
I have been instrumental in changing the recruitment processes for aboriginal people across Gippsland. I work collaboratively with many stakeholders and have produced learning and training programs th...
The challenges
Performance Management is difficult but necessary to ensure smooth running of the businesses. Ensuring management is onboard is challenge but good training techniques are essential.
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Certificate of Business
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
human resources
The good things
As a HRM you have the opportunity to impact the business direction by contributing to the strategy and ensuring that people are the focus of the businesses growth plan.
The challenges
As a HRM it is hard to make a recommendation and have the business challenge it.
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Working hours for Human Resources Managers

Overtime
Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
Often
Sometimes
Never
Source: SEEK Role Reviews from 48 Human Resources Managers

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