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What is an HR?
As a human resources (HR) officer you will develop, advise on and implement policies relating to the effective use of staff in an organisation. Ensure that the organisation that you work for employs the right balance of staff in terms of skill and experience, and that training and development opportunities are available to colleagues to enhance their performance and achieve the company’s business aims.
What are the typical job duties for an HR?
You will not only deal with staff welfare and administration-centred activities, but also strategy and planning.
HR departments are expected to add value to the organisation they support. The exact nature of the work varies according to the organisation.
More specific HR responsibilities:
Supporting the development and implementation of HR initiatives and systems
Providing counseling on policies and procedures
Being actively involved in recruitment by preparing job descriptions, posting ads and managing the hiring process
Create and implement effective onboarding plans
Develop training and development programs
Assist in performance management processes
Support the management of disciplinary and grievance issues
Maintain employee records (attendance, EEO data etc.) according to policy and legal requirements
Review employment and working conditions to ensure legal compliance
What hours will I work?
You’ll generally work a standard 9am to 5pm day but hours could sometimes include shift or weekend work. There may also be a requirement to work extra hours to meet deadlines. Part-time and job-share positions may be available.
What skills do I need?
business awareness and management skills
organisational skills and the ability to understand detailed information
IT and numeracy skills, with strong IT skills required if managing/operating computerised payroll and benefits systems
interpersonal skills to form effective working relationships with people at all levels
proven track record of ‘making a difference’
the ability to analyse, interpret and explain employment law
integrity and approachability, as managers and staff must feel able to discuss sensitive and confidential issues with you
curiosity and a willingness to challenge organisational culture where necessary
the ability to compile and interpret statistical data and communicate it in a professional and understandable manner
influencing and negotiating skills to implement personnel policies
potential to handle a leadership role.
What qualifications do I need?
- Proven experience as HR officer, administrator or other HR position
- Knowledge of HR functions (pay & benefits, recruitment, training & development etc.)
- Understanding of labor laws and disciplinary procedures
- Proficient in MS Office; knowledge of HRMS is a plus
- Outstanding organizational and time-management abilities
- BSc/BA in business administration, social studies or relevant field; further training will be a plus
- HR Credentials (e.g. PHR from the HR Certification Institute)
What is the HR salary?
According to Payscale, HR assistant starting salaries are between £18,000 and £24,000 a year. HR Managers can except a yearly median income of £35,988.