Employment Outlook

Human Resources

Working in Human Resources means you are part of the personnel of a business or organisation that deals with its employees. The field includes a variety of roles and workers are regarded as a significant asset in terms of skills and abilities.


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Employment Levels

There are currently 46 100 people employed in Human Resources in Australia. According to the Department of Employment over the next 5 years (up until the year 2018) there will be more than 2 000 additional job openings within this profession.

Employment by State

The majority of people working in human resources are employed within NSW. There are a higher proportion of people working in human resources in VIC and QLD than the average for all occupations, while the population in WA, SA, TAS, NT and ACT is close to the national average.

Gender Split

This is a female dominated industry. 67.4% of people who work in human resources are female and 32.6% are male.

Age Brackets

The median age for people working in human resources is 12 years. People working in human resources are 1 year older than the average age for all occupations.

Hours Worked

People who work in Human Resources work an average of 37.4 hours a week. This is 2.7 hours less per week than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of workers employed in this profession have at least a Year 12 qualification. 77.3% of Human Resource professionals have a qualification that is Certificate III or higher while 15.2% have a qualification that is Year 12 or lower.

Human Resources Duties & Tasks

  • Determining, implementing, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating human resource management strategies, policies and plans to meet business needs
  • Advising and assisting other Managers in applying sound recruitment and selection practices, and appropriate induction, training and development programs
  • Developing and implementing performance management systems to plan, appraise and improve individual and team performance
  • Representing the organisation in negotiations with unions and employees to determine remuneration and other conditions of employment
  • Developing and implementing occupational health and safety programs and equal employment opportunity programs, and ensuring compliance with related statutory requirements
  • Overseeing the application of redundancy and other employee retrenchment policies
  • Monitoring employment costs and productivity levels
  • May train and advise other Managers in personnel and workplace relations matters



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only. 

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