HR Officer - part time, 21 hours per week

SW1P 3HE - Westminster
£32,000 pro rata
01 Dec 2021
01 Jan 2022

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research is Britain’s oldest, and one of its most prestigious independent research institutes.  We specialise in applied social and economic research, combining high academic standards with relevance to policy making.  Our reputation for quality and independence, outstanding networks and unrivalled location at the heart of Westminster makes us the ideal base to build a national profile for academic or policy research that makes real impact. 

We are seeking an HR Officer to join the Business Support team on a 12 month fixed-term basis to cover maternity leave.  Ideally we would like the successful candidate to start at the end of January.  

The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the HR function and providing high quality HR support to NIESR’s staff team of around 50.  This will involve working closely with the CFO and HR Consultant, and providing advice and support to line managers in all areas of HR.  Key areas of responsibility include coordinating and overseeing recruitment and selection, drafting and issuing employment contracts and variations, management of starters and leavers, conducting employment checks, and organising inductions and training.

We are currently working remotely with some ad-hoc attendance required at the office, but we plan to return to office from 1st February 2022.  Staff will have the option of some homeworking.

The essential requirements we are looking for in the successful candidate are:


  1. CIPD qualified or working towards this, or equivalent experience.
  2. Working in, and advising on, a range of HR areas (such recruitment & selection, absence management, performance management, capability issues, disciplinary and grievance, etc.)
  3. Communicating effectively with staff and managers at all levels of an organisation.
  4. Organising own workload and managing conflicting priorities to meet specific deadlines.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  1. Knowledge of current employment law, with the ability to identify gaps in knowledge and conduct research to fill these.
  2. Knowledge of best practice approaches and the ability to apply these.
  3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to adapt these appropriately to the audience.
  4. High level of attention to detail.

To apply

To apply for this role, please send full CV and a supporting statement of no more than 1500 words setting how you meet the essential requirements outlined above.  Please number each point and address these one at a time to ensure that we are able to fully consider how your experience, skills and abilities meet the needs of the post.  Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of the role.

In your application, please include an approximate start date

Closing date for applications is 3rd January.

As we are looking to fill this post quickly, we will be interviewing on a rolling basis as applications come in and reserve the right to make an appointment before the closing date. Please get your application in early to avoid disappointment.

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