Human resources assistant

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HR assistant, personnel assistant

Human resources (HR) assistants provide admin support to the HR team in a company or organisation.

Salary Range: £15,000 to £22,000

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You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly
  • specialist courses run by professional bodies
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There is no set entry route to become a human resources assistant but it may be useful to do a relevant subject like:

  • Level 3 Award in Human Resources Essentials
  • Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business Human Resources
  • Level 3 Certificate in Human Resources Practice

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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You can get into this role through an advanced apprenticeship in HR support.

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

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You could start as an office assistant or business administrator in a company’s HR department, and work your way up through training and promotion.

Direct application

You could apply directly to work as a human resources assistant. You should have a good standard of general education, good computer skills and previous experience of office work.

Employers may prefer you to have, or be willing to work towards, qualifications in human resource management.

Other routes

You can study for qualifications in human resources, either online or at a training centre, approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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Professional and industry bodies

You can join the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You can find out more about careers in human resources from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • administration skills
  • knowledge of human resources and employment law
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to read English
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • answering enquiries
  • maintaining staff details on computer systems
  • writing documents like letters and reports
  • updating employee holiday and sickness records
  • recording discussions during disciplinary procedures
  • producing staff handbooks and newsletters
  • organising meetings and taking ‘minutes’
  • setting up recruitment and training events

Working environment

You could work from home or in an office.