Human resources (HR) administrators, sometimes known as personnel officers, help with the hiring and firing of staff, advise on training and development strategies, as well as looking after health and safety issues. HR officers work in many kinds of organisations, including local government, health services, banks, hotels and the retail and manufacturing industries with their responsibilities varying according to the type of organisation. As the job involves liaising with a range of people, HR administrators need to be good communicators. They are also expected to have strong IT and admin skills to meet their company’s business aims.
HR Administrator Jobs Education Requirements
Most HR administrators are trained on the job, but employers expect applicants to have a good standard of education with five GCSEs and at least two A-levels, good computer skills and previous experience of office work. It may be possible to start at junior level by taking on an administrative assistant job in an HR department. Some employers may want a degree or HND in HR or management, business or psychology and when applying for senior roles, such as HR manager jobs, a qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is usually required.
HR Administrator Jobs Market
Vacancies exist across the UK with most jobs generally available in large towns and cities. Some HR officers perform a broad range of duties, but some specialise in one particular area. Most specialist roles are likely to be found in big organisations. HR consultancy is becoming more common as companies buy in expertise and within the profession there are opportunities to work abroad at all levels.
HR Administrator Jobs Salary
Salaries vary between employers. An assistant HR administrator job can start at £15,000, rising to between £18,000 and £25,000 for an HR administrator job. Salaries increase with experience and the pay scale for HR managers can range from £25,000 to £50,000 and much higher.