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Who is head of the HR Salary pack?
We uncover Australia's fastest (and slowest!) growing salaries with the HR function.


Human Resources Magazine reported in June 2008 that HR Salaries would increase between 4 and 7 per cent in the coming year, 'despite mounting pressure from a broader economic policy perspective to curb wages growth'. According to the survey conducted by Michael Page, HR, Recruitment and OH & S professionals, increases of up to 10 per cent could be expected for those with highly valued and sought after skills including 'organisational development, remuneration and benefits and learning and development'.

As HR plays such a critical role in business growth, the increases are expected to affect base salaries, but not commissions, bonuses or other such financial incentives.

Jonathon Wiles, director of Human Resources at Michael Page states that the 'HR function is gaining increased recognitions for its impact on business performance and we are seeing continued investment in HR to drive strategic initiatives and support business growth.' All this this 'translates into a strong market for HR professionals'

With this in mind, we have turned to the HR Salary Survey and looked at the HR salary data of almost 4,600 Australians, over the last 12 months.

Job Role
Last 12 Months
Last 3 Months

% Growth / Decline

HR Assistant / Administrator
$49,595
$52,865

6.2%
HR Co-ordinator
$59,950
$56,680

5.4%
HR - Officer / Advisor
$69,215
$70,850

2.3%
HR - Consultant
$87,200
$88,290

1.2%
HR - General
$85,020
$85,020
0%
HR - Management
$119,355
$113,087

5.3%
HR - Director / Head of HR
$194,292
$185,300

4.6%
OH & S - Advisor
$77,117
$77,117
0%
OH & S - Coordinator
$77,662
$79,025

1.7%
OH & S - Manager
$112,270
$136,795

17.9%
OH & S Officer
$64,582
$56,135

13.1%
Remuneration and Benefits Specialist
$121,535
$125,350

3%
Training / Learning and Development
$85,565
$84,475

1.3%
OD - Organisational Development
$123,715
$118,810

4%
Industrial Relations Specialist
$102,460
$116,902

12.3%
Payroll Officer
$64,310
$67,852

5.2%
HRIS
$93,195
$95,375

2.3%
HR - Other
$89,380
$86,655

3%
Recruitment - Account Manager
$87,200
$87,200
0%
Recruitment - Manager
$115,540
$107,910

6.6%
Recruitment Consultant - Perm
$70,850
$71,940

1.5%
Recruitment Consultant - Temp / Contract
$65,400
$59,950

8.3%
Recruitment Support/Other
$49,050
$43,600

11.1%
Resourcer
$55,045
$58,587

6%
Researcher
$70,850
$70,032

1.1%
Senior Recruitment Consultant
$103,550
$114,450

9.5%
State / Country Manager
$166,770
$163,500

2%
Team Leader
$98,100
$114,995

15%
Trainee Consultant
$49,050
$65,400

25%
Executive Search Consultant
$164,045
$180,667

9.2%
Office Manager
$78,752
$86,110

8.5%
Recruitment Centre Manager
$126,985
$131,890

3.8%
Recruitment Team Leader
$105,457
$103,550

1.8%
Senior Internal Recruiter
$81,750
$80,660

1.3%
Internal Recruiter
$69,760
$63,220

9.4%

Trainee Consultants experienced the highest growth in salary over the last 12 months, with an increase of 25%, followed by OH & S Managers at 17.9% and Team Leaders with 15%.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, OH & S Officers experienced the largest drop of 13.1% in yearly salary, followed by those in Recruitment Support at 11.1% and Internal Recruiters with 9.4%.

Those who classifed there occupation as 'General' within an HR capacity, as well as OH & S Advisors and Account Managers within Recruitment all recorded a 0% salary change over the last 12 months.

Overall, there was an average of 8% in salary increase and 5.4% in salary decrease across all HR, Recruitment and OH & S job roles.

 

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