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About the Human Resources Industry in New Zealand

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Alpha Recruitment


With over 30 years recruiting experience we are proud of our reputation as a professional, caring organisation who has developed long term relationships with clients, candidates and our employees.

Human Resources (HR) professionals make decisions regarding the management of people, talent and culture within an organization. This includes the recruitment and selection of staff, maintaining their physical safety and wellbeing, addressing employment relations, organisational development, using human resource management information systems (HRMIS), focusing on remuneration and rewards, and driving learning and development within the organization.


The number of people employed in the broader category ‘Human resource and training professionals’ in New Zealand grew between 2006 and 2013, and employment numbers are projected to continue to grow quite quickly until 2026.

Demand for Human Resource Professionals

There is strong competition for generalist and entry-level jobs. On the other hand, HR practitioners with experience and expertise in internal recruitment, change management, learning and development, culture and diversity management, remuneration and rewards, and employment relations are in high demand for both permanent and contract positions.


Any organisation that has employees will require human resource management. Some companies have entire departments dedicated to these roles, while some employ HR professionals and contractors to call upon as and when required. A person or people skilled in HR is integral to the smooth running of a business.

Skills Employers Look for:

Communication skills
Relationship building skills, including employee relations
Business management ability
Ability with Microsoft Excel


The salary range for an HR practitioner starts at around $49,000 for new graduates, and can go to about $150,000 for senior roles (such as HR general managers).

In 2017, the average income for HR professionals was estimated to be around $84,400.

Related Roles:

  • Compensation and Benefits / Rewards Manager

  • Counsellor

  • Employee Relations Adviser/Manager

  • Health, Safety and Wellbeing Manager

  • Human Resources Adviser

  • Learning and Development Adviser/Manager

  • Payroll Manager

  • Personnel Officer

  • Recruitment Consultant

  • Workplace Relations Adviser

On the Skill Shortage List for Visa Applicants:

HR professionals are not on Immigration New Zealand's skill shortage lists.

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Human Resources Advisor - Part time



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Senior HR Advisor



Senior HR Advisor Permanent Full Time Northland Region Calling out to HR Advisors who are looking for a new challenge for 2022! My client is a large, complex entity. The present incumbent has decided to move on for a new journey after serving the organisation for many years. The role works with a...

HR Coordinator



About the Company

This business’s mission is simple. To build connections kiwi’s can trust, that make our digital world more secure, reliable and resilient. They have the leading team in their industry, experienced professionals in IT and Telcom.

About the Role

Reporting to the People and Culture Manager, you will be stepping into a busy People and Culture Coordination role. You will be responsible for

Onboarding of staff – this organisation is going through a growth spurt, and you will support on contracts, benefits, internal movements, ensuring compliance on checks, and running monthly inductions

Offboarding and other requirements including exit interviews, employee files, liaising with payroll team on final pays

Supporting the recruitment team with the administration support – assisting with job adverts, coordination on interviews, liaison with line managers

Principal Advisor Organisational Capability



Contract till late March 2022 Discreet internal pieces of work Seeking a contractor who is available for a January or early February start till late March 2022. We will be on leave over the Christmas/New Year period and back in the office on Tuesday 11th January. I will review all applications on...

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