Business Support

Human Resources (HR) Advisor

HR Advisors are involved in a wide range of activities that relate to the management of employees. A key part of the role is to make sure that the company is complying with their employment law obligations and managing their employees properly.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Advertise job vacancies, interviews job applicants, prepares offer letters
  • Gives managers advice on employment law and good people management practice
  • Handles poor performance or disciplinary matters
  • Manages sickness absence cases and provides support to employees to aid their return to work
  • Make changes to salaries, terms and conditions of employment, prepare reassignment/transfer letters
  • Obtains visas and work permits for employees going overseas
  • Designs and delivers training courses
  • Participates as part of the office-based HR and / or Relatives Response emergency response team in the event of an emergency situation
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

Most medium and large sized companies will employ HR Advisors within a larger HR Department. The work done by the HR Advisor plays a major part in helping companies attract, recruit and retain high quality people and to invest in staff training and career development. In addition external specialist HR management consultancies will also employ HR Advisors.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Managing people
  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Analysing
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • IT
  • Numerical
  • Practical
  • Creativity
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Business related HNC/HND/BTEC or equivalent
  • Previous experience in an HR role
  • Good knowledge of employment law and HR best practice
  • Strong IT skills including experience of using specialist HR management software and systems
  • Good organisation/administration skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills

Employers might also look for:

  • Degree in business related subject
  • Postgraduate qualification e.g. MSC in HR Management or equivalent
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) or studying towards membership