HR advisor job description

As an HR advisor, you will be responsible for delivery of a full range of human resource services. One of your main roles is is advising both employers and clients on both recruiting new staff and taking care of the current ones once they get hired.

So if getting paid to give advice sounds like your dream job, why not consider a career as a HR advisor?



So, what will I actually be doing?

Typically, your responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting job evaluations
  • Advising managers on recruitment and selection strategies
  • Coordinating the appointment process for successful applicants
  • Negotiating terms and conditions of employment with staff
  • Providing advice and playing a major role in work reviews and change processes
  • Updating and maintaining the HR Information System data
  • Write and present information briefings on a range of HR related topics
  • Advising on staff development
  • Contributing to the continuous improvement of HR systems and practices
  • Consulting on issues related to workplace relations and performance management
  • Providing advice and assistance on policies, procedures, legislation, and enterprise agreements

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The finer details...

For full-time appointments you'll work between 37 and 40 hours a week, from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Your role will be mainly office based, although you will also travel to visit other business sites or to attend meetings and conferences.

The majority of commercial and public sector organisations have a human resources function. Potential employers include manufacturers, retailers, banks, consultancies, local and national government. Opportunities exist throughout the UK.

You may move between employers to progress, or switch into another sector, such as training or marketing.

You also have the opportunity to work part-time, or become self-employed and offer a consultancy service. You can work abroad as well.

Money, money, money

These figures are a guide only.

  • Generally, salaries may be between £22,000 and £40,000 a year
  • Senior advisors may earn over £50,000 a year

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The good points...

Career progression in HR is structured, and there are plenty of opportunities to gain experience or specialise in other areas of human resources.

...and the bad

You may often need to work extra hours.

Is there study involved?

You should have a degree in human resources or a relevant area, with up to four years subsequent relevant experience. Alternatively, relevant experience equivalent.

CIPD qualifications are essential. They offer various courses and qualifications through full-time study, part-time study, or flexible learning.

The CIPD's Professional Development Scheme (PDS) covers leadership and management, people management and development, generalist and specialist personnel and development, and applied personnel and development.
There are various certificates available, including:

  • Certificate in Business Awareness and Advanced Professional Study (CBAAPS)
  • Certificate in Personnel Practice (CPP)
  • Certificate in Training Practice (CTP)
  • Certificate in Recruitment and Selection (CRS)
  • Certificate in Employment Relations Law and Practice (CERLAP)
  • Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring (CCM)

OK, I'm interested... But is it really the job for me?

To be a HR advisor, you should have:

  • Knowledge of relevant HR policies and procedures

  • Knowledge of the best practice on recruitment and selection

  • Experience in interpreting, advising and implementing such agreements and procedures

  • Ability to use a HR information system including, accessing, inputting, and compiling data

  • The verbal communication skills to communicate with a diverse client group

  • The written communication skills to produce succinct correspondence and reports

  • The ability to research, analyse and reason logically within tight and conflicting timeframes

  • Experience in leading and working effectively in teams

  • Experience in supervising staff and assuming responsibility for workload allocation

  • Ability to identify development needs

  • A commitment to providing customer service

  • Ability to write and present information

  • Experience in providing advice and support to senior managers on strategic matters

  • Experience in leading projects and implementing new initiatives

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