Helping to run the human resources department, the HR Administrator's tasks are varied, so you must be a highly-organised person with the ability to juggle workloads and prioritise when necessary.
A HR Administrator role is a great stepping stone onto the Human Resources career path, and you will be expected to undertake day-to-day tasks to ensure the smooth-running of the department. These tasks can be as varied as ensuring that databases are up-to-date, assisting in the recruitment of new staff, and making sure systems comply with employment legislation. As a junior role, you will be expected to learn on the job.
By providing support to the HR Officer or Manager, you will assist in the development of HR procedures, manage the leaving process, liaise with the payroll team, contribute ideas to new systems that enhance the department's performance, and handle all health and safety queries. As and when problems or issues arise with members of staff, you will be expected to act quickly and professionally.
You will be a point of contact for other members of staff within the company for Human Resource-related matters, therefore understanding the basics of employment law is necessary. Therefore your communication skills need to be excellent and you need to instil trust in the colleagues that approach you for advice, as some matters will be highly confidential.
You must have strong organisational and administration skills, be methodical and thorough and enjoy working with other people. From criminal record checks for new personnel, to assisting new recruits in the joining process (sending out offer letters, assisting in their induction, maintaining accurate records of their personal details), you will often be the first port-of-call for employees with queries.