Human Resources Adviser Kaitohutohu Pūmanawa Tangata

Human resources advisers are responsible for staffing in an organisation. Responsibilities include recruitment and selection, health, safety and well-being, performance management and remuneration, learning and development, employment relations and policy development.

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.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for human resources advisers includes:

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

Personal Qualities

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 
  • teaching work
  • social work.

Subject Recommendations

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

Related Courses

Human Resources Advisers can earn around $50K-$100K per year per year.

Human resources advisers may move into management positions such as human resources manager or training and development manager.

They may also specialise in an area of human resource management such as:

Employee Relations Adviser
Employee relations advisers help management, staff and union members to work co-operatively together, and manage the negotiation of employment agreements, personal grievances or disputes, and other employment issues.
Health and Safety Adviser
Health and safety advisers monitor workplace health and safety hazards, train employees on health and safety procedures, and investigate accidents.
Organisation Development Adviser
Organisation development advisers improve staff capabilities such as leadership, skills and culture.
Recruitment Consultant
Recruitment consultants work with candidates (people looking for work) and clients (employers looking for people to hire) to help match candidates to jobs.
Training and Development Adviser
Training and development advisers identify the learning needs of organisations and plan training based on these.
Human Resources Adviser