Human Resource professionals provide employment and personnel administration services within an organisation. Human Resource professionals assist organisations to manage growth and change, and take part in strategic management. They help determine staffing requirements, the skills required to meet the organisation’s objectives, and are involved in personnel recruitment, the maintenance of personnel records, staff training and the development of personnel policies and procedures.
Human resources officers in the minerals industry may perform the following tasks:
- Conduct analyses to determine staffing numbers, skills and needs to meet the organisation's objectives;
- Analyse the skills and qualities required for each particular job and develop job descriptions and duty statements;
- Advertise staff vacancies, assess applications, interview applicants, give selection tests, prepare reports and make recommendations to management about staff appointments;
- Maintain the personal records of employees on matters such as wages, superannuation, leave and training, and prepare associated management reports;
- Arrange for and conduct staff induction and training;
- Use a number of management information systems to record, maintain, plan and manage the organisation's human resources;
- Provide advice and information to management and employees on personnel policies and procedures, including equal opportunity, anti-discrimination and occupational health and safety programs;
- Advise employees on work matters, career development, personal problems and industrial matters, and organise employee welfare services such as canteens, first aid, superannuation and social activities;
- Take part in enterprise bargaining talks where employees, management and unions discuss the development of specific work arrangements and conditions (for example, pay and hours of work); and
- Help implement organisational changes (for example, those following from industrial relations legislation, revised job classification structures or technological changes).
In small organisations, Human Resources Officers are usually responsible for all staffing matters. In large organisations they may specialise in a particular area, such as recruitment, wages and entitlements or staff training.
HR Consultant: $70,000 - $80,000
HR Manager: $105,000 - $120,000
Source: www.hays.com.au (July 2008)
Entry to this occupation is generally through a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is also required. For more information on related university and TAFE courses, visit the Education & Training tab above.