Job type

Human resources assistant

£17k - £25k

Typical salary

37 – 39

Hours per week

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

More info

  • Help administer and run the human resources department in an organisation
  • You'll need an interest in people, the ability to maintain confidentiality and excellent organisational skills
  • With training and further study, progress into more senior Human Resources roles

As a HR assistant, your work will be largely admin work to support the larger body of HR staff and runnings of a company.

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', and setting up recruitment and training events.

You could work from home or in an office.

With experience, you could become an HR officer or team leader.

You'll need

To be a human resources assistant, you'll need administration, customer service and verbal communication skills, the ability to work well with others and read English, thoroughness and attention to detail, sensitivity and understanding, and knowledge of human resources and employment law.

There are no set requirements to become a HR assistant, however doing a relevant college course in a human resources related subject may be useful.

You could also do an advanced apprenticeship in HR support.

You may be able to 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 may be possible if you have a good standard of general education, good computer skills and previous experience of office work. Employers might prefer you to have, or be willing to work towards, qualifications in human resource management.

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