Human resources and recruitment officers (NOC 1223)

About this job

Human resources and recruitment officers identify and advertise job vacancies, recruit appropriate candidates and help with the selection and reassignment of employees.

Workers in this group:

  • are familiar with the business operations of their employer and provide support to assist in the success of the business
  • are employed in both the public and the private sectors
  • have excellent organizational and verbal and written skills
  • can gracefully deal with the concerns of individuals who are upset or in disagreement
Common job titles
  • employment interviewer
  • employment supervisor
  • executive recruiter
  • labour force consultant
  • personnel administrator
  • placement officer
  • employment interviewer
  • employment supervisor
  • executive recruiter
  • head-hunter
  • human resources officer
  • labour force consultant

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$50,138

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Human resources and recruitment officers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • identify current and future staffing requirements, prepare and post notices and advertisements, and collect and screen applications.
  • advise job applicants on employment requirements
  • review candidate applications and contact potential applicants to arrange interviews and transfers, or to redeploy and place personnel
  • recruit graduates of colleges, universities and other educational institutions
  • co-ordinate and participate in selection and examination boards to evaluate candidates
  • notify applicants of results of selection process and prepare job offers
  • advise managers and employees on staffing policies and procedures
  • organize and perform staff consultation and complaint procedures
  • negotiate settlements of appeals and disputes and co-ordinate termination of employment process
  • determine eligibility to entitlements, arrange staff training and provide information or services such as employee assistance, counselling and recognition programs
  • supervise personnel clerks and perform filing and record-keeping duties

Work environment

Human resources and recruitment officers are typically employed by larger organizations. Work takes place in an office environment for approximately 35 to 40 hours during the work week although working evenings or on weekends as well as some travel may be required.

These workers interact with employees, job applicants and members of management. They may represent their organization in developing important relationships with competitors, government, educational institutions and the public, which can be critical for the business to achieve its priorities.

Human resources and recruitment officers must be able to carefully deal with sometimes challenging or potentially stressful situations that may arise from hiring, employee qualifications, staffing shortages, employment equity and privacy issues.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

Human resources and recruitment officers are generally required to have a college diploma or university degree in a field related to human resources management. Other training may include:

  • a university degree or college diploma in a field related to personnel management such as business administration, industrial relations, commerce or psychology 
    or
    completion of a professional development program in personnel administration is usually required.
  • certification as a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP). Many employers are now are placing a stronger emphasis on CHRP certification, which may become a standard requirement in the future
  • some experience in a clerical or administrative position related to personnel administration may be required

For more information, consult the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon (CPHR BC& YK) at http://cphrbc.ca/.

As of July 1, 2017 when the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) came into force, you will not need significant additional training, experience, testing or assessment if your qualifications or certificates are recognized by a Canadian regulatory authority. This applies whether you were trained in Canada or internationally. Learn about labour mobility at www.workersmobility.ca. For information about labour mobility and foreign qualifications recognition, contact the B.C. regulator for your occupation.

Workers with 8,100 hours of documented, directly related work experience can challenge the Interprovincial Red Seal examination. For more information, please see the Industry Training Authority website at www.itabc.ca/.

Skills

  • Clerical Ability
  • Numerical Ability
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Finger Dexterity
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Business Administration/Management/Commerce
  • Human Resources
  • International Business

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
2,000
Average annual employment growth:
1.2%
Expected number of job openings:
850
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
90
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
360
Average annual employment growth:
1.1%
Expected number of job openings:
160

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Insights from industry

Most job openings in this occupation are expected to result from retirements. B.C. is expected to experience difficulty filling skilled labour positions in the coming years, which will likely impact demand for workers as businesses, both public and private, will increasingly need personnel and recruitment officers to assist in recruiting and retaining skilled labour.

Many human resource professionals work for specialized consulting and recruitment firms that provide services to smaller clients unable to hire full-time workers. It is also becoming increasingly common for companies to hire consultants to do specialized work, rather than hiring a full-time human resources employee, so there may potentially be increased opportunities in private sector firms.

The demand for intermediate and senior personnel and recruitment officers will be greatest in larger urban areas or with larger employers in more remote locations, while rural areas are expected to have greater difficulty in obtaining skilled workers.

Applicants who have experience, as well as the ability to process and interpret data, prepare and deliver presentations and have a broad understanding of human resources trends will be most in demand by employers. Workers who are competent in using social networking technologies will also have an advantage.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Recent graduates may be hired at the junior administrative level. Such positions may include: human resources generalist, recruitment coordinator, administrator or assistant, staffing administrator, personnel administrator or human resources administrator, coordinator or assistant.

Workers with experience and further education may progress to specialist and management positions, such as recruiters, recruitment managers, staffing managers, personnel managers, human resources managers, recruitment specialists or self-employed recruiters.

As well, many specialist opportunities may be available to experienced workers, and work may involve international recruiting, immigration, compensation and benefits, health and safety and developing strategies for employee retention.

Additional resources

  • Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) of British Columbia & Yukon
    cphrbc.ca