Updating databases, such as sick and maternity leave
Documents, such as employee contracts, employee files, etc.
Reviewing and updating company policy and procedures.
Assisting with payroll by providing the correct employee information, eg. leave taken
Helping with various arrangements, such as travel or processing expenses
What to Study
How can I Become an HR Administrator?
To become an HR administrator, you need to have a qualification in HR. You should also have a few years of work experience behind your name. Use the steps below as a guide to help you.
Skills Academy offers a range of Human Resource Management courses through distance learning. So you’re bound to find a course that suits your needs.
- Accredited Courses (NATED)
Accredited courses are nationally recognised by employees. Once you complete all three courses (N4-N6), you will get a National Diploma in Human Resource Management. All you need to start is a matric certificate.
- Non-accredited Courses (Provider Programme)
Want to improve your skills or learn new ones? With this Provider Programme, you can do just that in a shorter period. Build on your career by completing these short and certificate courses. You need to have grade 10 and be at least 16 years old to qualify.
Work as an HR Intern
Many big companies offer internships to students after they have completed their studies. An internship gives you the opportunity to gain much needed work experience. You can also network which can lead to a job.
Apply for an Entry-Level job
Once you have some experience, you can apply for entry-level jobs in HR. Most companies offer on-the-job training.
This means that you will be able to learn more about the job and improve your skills.
What are the Benefits of Being an HR Administrator?
Can’t decide whether this is the HR career for you? Take a look at the list of benefits below:
- You can work in almost any field.
- There is always something new to learn.
- Your salary expectations are high.
- There is room for career growth.
- You get to work with different types of people.
What can I Earn?
The HR field is known to have a decent salary range. On average, an HR administrator can earn about R 13 069 on a monthly basis in South Africa.
To be a successful HR administrator, you need to have a range of soft and technical skills. This includes some of the following:
Communication: You need to be able to communicate well both verbally and in writing. These skills are used when answering phone calls, replying to emails and taking part in meetings.
Organisation: As an HR administrator, you will deal with various documents that needs to be filed accordingly. You must be able to maintain an effective filing system.
Time Management: HR administrators often have to juggle many tasks and projects at the same time. It’s important to know how to manage your time so you can complete everything efficiently.
Computer skills: Most of your work will be done on a computer. Due to this, strong computer skills are necessary. You need to know how Microsoft Office works, especially Word and Excel.
Attention to detail: As an HR administrator, you will often work with large amounts of data. It’s important to have an eye for detail. This helps to find any errors while proofreading.
Discretion: HR administrators often handle confidential information or data. You should be able to keep those details private.
Where can I Work?
As an HR administrator, you can work at almost any organisation or company. This includes the following:
- Government departments
- Financial companies
Take the First Step in Becoming an HR Administrator!
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Author: Thiana Pretorius
Last Updated: May 7, 2020