Human Resources Jobs

About the Human Resources Industry in New Zealand

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Alpha Recruitment


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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.