How does this differ from HR officer roles?
Although the term HR adviser can be applied to any generic HR role, if there is both an HR adviser and an HR officer in an organisation, the adviser tends to be the more senior of the two. Generally speaking, HR advisers have more responsibility with regard to complex HR procedures, such as disciplinary and grievance issues.
What you need to succeed
Two to three years’ HR experience, along with a degree and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development qualification.
How to get into it
Due to the generalist nature of the role, an HR adviser will often have started out as an HR assistant to build up their experience, while studying for the CIPD qualification.
What is involved
You will mainly be responsible for the provision of professional advice, support, and guidance to employees and management. Typically, you are likely to be involved in:
Recruitment up to management level
Policy and procedure development.
In the public sector
You may be required to liaise, or work in partnership, with trade unions, so a thorough knowledge of employment law and union legislation is needed. Public sector organisations also tend to offer many ‘softer benefits’ (including flexi-time and time off in lieu), which can create a working environment far removed from that of a private sector firm.