As an HR administrator, your role is a mixture of administration and HR. You will assist HR Advisors and HR Managers with any day to day tasks they need help with.

What makes a good HR Administrator?

This role is a great step into the world of HR and will give you a great grounding for a career in HR. Skills needed are as follows: 

  • Strong administration skills
  • Familiarity with business software such as Microsoft Office
  • A high level of confidentiality, diplomacy, and professionalism
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer-facing skills, enjoy working with people
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal

Responsibilities of an HR Administrator: 

  • Administer HR-related documentation, such as contracts of employment
  • Ensure the relevant HR database is up to date, accurate and complies with legislation
  • Assist in the recruitment process
  • Liaise with recruitment agencies
  • Set up interviews and issue relevant correspondence


Next steps from the HR Administrator role would be HR Advisor, and then HR Manager. All businesses in all industries need HR professionals, so there will always be opportunties to progress out there. You could also take a sideways step and specialise in an area of HR such as Recruitment. 

Gaining CIPD qualifications will help your promotion prospects and can set you apart from your competition. 

You are likely to be a graduate with a first degree, either in HR or in a management, psychology or business-related discipline.