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Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations (HRM & IR)

What is HRM & IR?

Human Resources Management

The human resource management (HRM) function of an organisation manages the individual aspects of the employment relationship - from employee recruitment and selection to international employment relations, salaries and wages. HRM is a complex blend of science and art, creativity and common sense. At one level, HR practice draws on economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, political studies, and strategic and systems thinking. At an operational level, success depends on interpersonal relationships.

Industrial Relations

Industrial relations is also a multidisciplinary field that studies the collective aspects of the employment relationship. It is increasingly being called employment relations (ER) because of the importance of non-industrial employment relationships. IR has a core concern with social justice through fair employment practices and decent work. Industrial relations covers issues of concern to managers and employees at the workplace, including workplace bargaining, management strategy, employee representation and participation, union-management co-operation, workplace reform, job design, new technology and skill development

What Skills Will You Develop?

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking and conceptual skills
  • Creativity
  • Leadership
  • Research

HRM & IR Graduates are able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and the implications of,different perspectives of the employment relationship.
  • Critically analyse and solve workplace issues.
  • Apply HRM & IR competencies to contribute to organisational capability and employee wellbeing.
  • Identify issues and interactions between local and global employment relations and work environments

Where Do Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations Graduates Work

Public Sector

  • Central Government
  • Local Government
  • Hospitals/District Health Boards
  • Tertiary Education

Private Sector

  • Corporate and Large Organisations
  • Banks
  • Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
  • Trade Unions
  • Consultancies

Job titles

  • Assistant HR Adviser
  • EEO Officer
  • Employee Relations Advisor/Manager
  • Executive Assistant to HR
  • Health and Safety Officer
  • HR Advisor
  • HR Analyst
  • HR Consultant
  • HR Coordinator
  • HR Manager
  • HR Officer
  • Industrial Relations Advisor/Advocate
  • Learning and Development Coordinator
  • Mediator
  • Lecturer
  • Payroll Officer
  • People and Culture Coordinator
  • People and Performance Advisor
  • Policy Analyst
  • Project Coordinator
  • Records and Information Advisor
  • Recruitment Coordinator
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Remuneration Analyst
  • Supported Employment Consultant
  • Talent and Capability Advisor
  • Trade Union Information Officer
  • Trade Union Organiser
  • Training and Development Officer
  • Tutor
  • Union Field Officer

Further information about Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations can be found in the Career View (878KB PDF) and on the Victoria Management School website