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HR Roles and Salary Information

HR Admin /Coordinator

You may find yourself in an HR Administrator / Coordinator role through one of a variety of pathways. Some may have entered the profession through a widely scoped administration role that has included some HR and possibly payroll responsibilities to varying degrees.

The breadth of an HR role at this level will largely depend on the nature and size of the organisation and the way tasks are allocated within the wider team.

In an HR Admin / Coordinator role, you will usually be responsible for all aspects of HR, however you don’t necessarily go into the detail.


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Salary Information


An HR Admin/Coordinator role will pay between $45,000 - $70,000 per annum with a median salary of $50,000.


Hays 2017 Salary Survey


For HR Administrators in smaller companies, or those in regional areas, the salary level will tend to be at the lower range.

HR Advisor

HR Advisors provide advice and support to managers of the business on all things people related, it is important to understand the principles of legislation where required so that you are able to adapt your advice appropriately for the scenario at hand.

As an HR Advisor the depth of HR advice and support you are required to provide will depend on the size of the HR team and the size of the organisation. In a sole HR position you may be required to work on all aspects of a generalist role, however, if you are in a big HR team with specialists, the scope of your role may be slightly smaller.


Key Responsibilities





Senior HR Advisor/ Officer/ Consultant

Senior Advisors are expected to have a stronger breadth of knowledge and experience across the range of generalist HR areas and be comfortable with managing complex disciplinary and performance management as well as change management processes. You will also be required to attend and/or manage mediation and settlement processes. Depending on the industry a Senior Advisor may also be required to have experience in collective bargaining rounds and dealing with unions regarding complex employee relations.

Mentoring and coaching lower level Advisors and Administrators also become a key part of being a Senior Advisor.




HR Business Partner

HR Business Partners (HRBP) would usually be present in larger organisations as they effectively do what their title suggests – act as a business partner. HRBP’s are typically assigned to partner with a GM or Head of a specific division or department and to support them in delivering to their business objectives.


In HRBP roles it is a given that you will have experience in all aspects of HR. These roles operate broader across the business and are commercially focused.

An HRBP would be expected to contribute to the department business plan and to customise solutions to deliver. Examples of this could be as follows:

An HRBP role may in some organisations have HR Advisors or Administrators reporting into them and starts the journey of becoming an HR Manager.





HR Manager

HR Manager roles vary from sole charge positions in SMEs, leading the HR function in medium size companies to being part of a much larger team reporting to an HR Director in our largest businesses. Smaller HR Manager positions may therefore be more like HR Business Partners or Senior HR Advisor roles.

You won’t always have people reporting directly to you, but typically you will and this is often an HR person’s first direct experience of managing people.  Previous management experience is therefore an advantage. At this level there is more of an expectation that you lead and facilitate the work of others and do less of the hands on work.  This will include broad senior HR expertise across areas such as:

HR Director, GMHR, Chief People Officer

At this level you oversee the entire HR function for your organization and are expected to contribute strategically and tactically to the leadership and achievement of the goals of the company.  This requires a strong commercial and financial understanding of businesses, in addition to exceptional HR management skills/knowledge.

Key Responsibilities


Sometimes roles at this level may include responsibility for a range of other corporate services such as Finance, Marketing and IT.


: People Matter

HR roles can range from an administration/operational role, to advising managers on policies and procedures, to being a consultant dealing with disciplinary and ER issues, to an HR Business Partner working strategically with managers to a Chief People Officer or HR Director. As well as pure HR roles, an HR career paths can also include HRIS and systems, HR analytics, Remuneration and Change Management.

Salary Information


An HR Advisor  role will pay between $70,000 - $100,000 per annum with a median salary of $85,000.


Hays 2017 Salary Survey


For HR Advisors in smaller companies, or those in regional areas, the salary level will tend to be at the lower range.

Salary Information


An HR Business Partner role will pay between $80,000 - $130,000 per annum with a median salary of $110,000.


Hays 2017 Salary Survey


For HR Business Partners  in regional areas, the salary level will tend to be at the lower range.

Salary Information


An HR Managers salary depends on the size of the business.

Up to 250 employees = $100,000 - $140,000. Median $120,000.


250  - 1000 employees = $100,000 - $150,000. Median $130,000.


1000+ employees = $110,000 - $160,000. Median $140,000.


Hays 2017 Salary Survey


Salary Information


An HR Directors salary depends on the size of the business.

Up to 250 employees = $120,000 - $200,000. Median $160,000.


250  - 1000 employees = $120,000 - $240,000. Median $180,000.


1000+ employees = $140,000 - $250,000. Median $200,000.


Hays 2017 Salary Survey


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