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Employment Outlook

Human Resources Manager

Human Resource Managers, often known as HR managers, exist in organisations to maximize employee performance in service of their employer's objectives. The HR manager is the port of call for employees with questions regarding their working life.


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Employment Levels

Around 56,100 people are currently employed as Human Resources Managers in Australia. This is set to increase slightly to 61,700 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

33.3% of all Human Resources Managers are employed in NSW. The area with the lowest number of Human Resources Managers is NT, with only 1.6%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 30.2% of Human Resources Managers being male and 69.8% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Human Resources Managers is 25-34 years old, with 35.2%. A small percentage (3.1%) of people get into this career path older, aged 60-64. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Human Resources Managers, with 7.5% aged 20-24.

Hours Worked

Human Resources Managers work an average of 37.5 hours a week which is 3.4 hours lower than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Human Resources Managers have a Bachelor Degree qualification (32.7%) or are at a Year 12 level (21.8%). 75.1% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 24.9% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Human Resources Manager Duties & Tasks

  • 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
  • Oversee employee safety, wellbeing and health
  • Offer and advice and guidance to all team members



*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.