If you want to become a HR Assistant then check out our HR Assistant job description with entry requirements, salary and development information.
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Typically, people start a career in HR through a Human Resource degree but demonstrating people and organisational skills will also be important. Graduating from a CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) course will also be a good route into a career as a HR Assistant.
Alternatively, starting as an unpaid work placement student or shadowing HR staff for work experience can be a good route to being taken on as a HR Assistant, and this will be a case of approaching HR departments or speaking to your school or college about available placements.
As a HR Assistant, you will be involved with the recruitment and training of new staff including giving inductions. You will keep within the legal guidelines and be professional at all times, acting as the go-to person for managers and staff within the company regarding their employment issues or people issues. All manner of problems may come up and the HR Assistant should be prepared to expect this and tackle issues head-on.
A HR Assistant will also be involved with dismissals, redundancies and employee benefits such as pay rises, holiday and bonuses. There will be an administration side of the role which will be handling and locating staff records, and keeping training records up to date as well as handling the payroll.
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Working hours are typically 35-40 hours Monday to Friday in this career, depending on the employer.
Skills and Training Development
Many HR Administrators and HR Managers start off as a HR Assistant, so there are opportunities for promotion within HR teams. A career in HR is also very transferable because most companies have a HR department, so you can take your skills and experience to most industries and employers. During your early career as a HR Assistant, there may be the opportunity to study a CIPD course part time and your employer may be prepared to contribute to all or some of the cost of this.
As a HR Assistant, you will be expected to be impartial, diplomatic and a good listener. Organisational skills will be required, particularly in the administration side of the role where you will be dealing with payroll and staff records. An eye for detail will be needed, and a high standard of numeracy and written communication skills.
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A junior HR Assistant can expect to earn around £15,000 rising to £18,000 a year with some more experience. A HR Administrator or Officer can typically earn around £18,000 rising to £25,000 with experience, and a HR Manager can earn anything up to £50,000 a year.