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Human resources assistant

Alternative titles for this job include HR assistant, personnel assistant

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

Average salary (a year)

£17,000 Starter


£25,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become

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How to become a human resources assistant

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly
  • specialist courses run by professional bodies


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

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.

This will typically take 18 to 24 months to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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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.

What it takes

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What it takes

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
  • active listening skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

For day to day tasks, you could:

  • answer enquiries
  • maintain computerised staff records
  • write documents like letters and reports
  • update employee holiday and sickness records
  • produce staff handbooks and newsletters
  • record discussions during disciplinary procedures
  • organise meetings and take minutes
  • set up recruitment and training events

Working environment

You could work from home or in an office.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

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

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

HR Apprentice

  • Wage: £19,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Preston

HR Apprentice with Hempsons Solicitors

  • Wage: £315.00 Weekly
  • Location: Manchester

Courses In England

Business Administration - Diploma Level 2

  • Start date: 12 September 2022
  • Location: Salford

BTEC Extended Diploma in Business Administration

  • Start date: 05 September 2022
  • Location: Great Yarmouth

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