Human Resources (HR) & Recruitment Graduate Jobs

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Human Resources (HR) & Recruitment Graduate Jobs overview

The human resources (HR) industry in Australia has experienced significant growth over the past few years, particularly the recruitment industry, which has experienced over 6% growth in the last five years. The industry has over $3.1 billion in revenue and employs over 22,000 people.

It is an industry that is continually changing as it responds to shifting business environments including economic changes, government and media interest, new technologies and legislative changes. The use of technology, tightening budgets in relation to contract and temporary staff, and fierce competition have also changed the way the recruitment industry operates.

Finding a graduate job

There are around 7,300 HR and recruitment agencies in Australia, the majority concentrated in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, with head offices mainly located in Melbourne and Sydney. 33% of HR positions are in NSW, over 24% in Victoria and a further 19% are in Queensland.

Graduate HR and recruitment jobs can be found in a variety of organisations across the country, though, including in banks, health care services, hotels, government, manufacturing, construction and retail organisations.

The average salary for a graduate working in HR and recruitment is $46,000.

Types of graduate jobs

There are a number of avenues for graduates to work in HR and recruitment, including:

  • Sales Trainee
  • Content Producer
  • Business and Operations
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Workforce Planning and Recruitment
  • Risk Management
  • Training and Development
  • Performance Management
  • Human Resources Information Systems
  • Industrial Relations

Biggest graduate employers

Companies with HR and recruitment graduate programs that take large numbers of students include:

These jobs are generally recruited through structured graduate programs, which run between 10 and 18 months and open in February or March.

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Graduate Stories

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Daniel studied Bachelor of Business with a double major in Management and Human Resource Management, a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and currently studying for a Master of Commerce
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Jane studied Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in HRM) at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne
Racheal McDonald studied Bachelor Commerce, Major in Human Resources at Macquarie University.

A day in the life of…

Laura Dietze of 7-Eleven Australia

I’ve just started my rotation in the People and Talent team. In order to be able to contribute to a bigger project which affects the whole department, I am spending the first 6 weeks of the rotation moving through all sub-teams. Currently I am working as a Recruitment Coordinator in the Talent Acquisition team.