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HR Adviser (12 month Fixed Term)

United Kingdom
£33,630 - £40,841 London: £37,800 - £40,841; National: £33,630 - £36,671
Closing date
7 Mar 2024

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Public Sector
Contract Type
Part Time
Job Type
HR Advisor

Apply before 11:55 pm on Thursday 7th March 2024

£33,630 - £40,841
London: £37,800 - £40,841; National: £33,630 - £36,671 Civil Service Pay policy applies
A Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Job grade
Higher Executive Officer
Grade 9

Length of employment
12 months after which the post will be reviewed. This vacancy could end earlier if the needs of the business change within the appointment period.

Business area
ACAS – People

Working pattern
Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time, Compressed hours

Number of jobs available


Any Acas Office. With an element of working from home. Please be aware that this role can only be worked in Great Britain and not overseas. You will be asked to express a location preference during the application process. Informal hybrid arrangements are available and the balance between home and workplace working is to be agreed with the line manager to achieve the right balance between collaboration, in-person engagement and flexibility.


About the job

Job Summary

As a HR Adviser in Acas, you will work as part of a team of HR experts in our fast-paced Employment Relations Team. You will provide support and advice to managers on a portfolio of HR Cases up to and including Employment Tribunals utilising your employment law and HR expertise. Your success in this role will rely on building and nurturing relationships with various stakeholders, including trade unions and networks. By establishing trust and confidence, you will provide insightful solutions and address challenges, ensuring that our people policies align with organisational needs and create a supportive employee experience. This role plays a large part in our culture change at Acas, where lessons learned and coaching of line managers in a clear and timely way will build our capability and confidence for the future.

If this sounds like something you would like to do and believe you have the necessary skills and experience, we would be thrilled to receive your application!

Please come along to our virtual information session. You will hear from current Acas staff about working for Acas, the HR Adviser role and the People Function.

Date: Monday 4th March 2024

Time: 13:00 - 14:00

Click here to join the meeting

We advise candidates to attend the event before submitting an application.

Job description

  • Providing support and advice on HR cases, examples of which include, but not limited to, probation, performance management, sickness absence, discipline, grievance and appeals.
  • Providing HR advice to managers of all grades, ultimately improving the capability and confidence of line management through the sharing of HR expertise, support, and coaching
  • Using an evidence-based approach to assessing risk and developing solutions that deliver a successful outcome
  • Ensuring cases are managed in a timely manner and appropriate conclusions met adhering to employment law, policies, business and operational needs
  • Manage Early Conciliation and Employment Tribunal cases where Acas is the respondent, working alongside Govt Legal Dept (GLD)
  • Analyse evidence and develop effective solutions to issues and sensitive situations, encouraging managers to take ownership while supporting them in the implementation of the agreed solutions 
  • Conduct lessons learned, collaborating with the wider team to determine trends or themes which arise and require preventative action to change our culture, including the collection and management of data and insight to inform decision making
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to work collaboratively, communicating and presenting ideas and HR information to colleagues and internal partners in a clear and positive way
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and resilience while having a flexible approach to change, with the ability to prioritise a varied workload in a multi-faceted, fast-paced team

Who we are

Acas exists to make working life better for everyone in Britain. We are the experts in workplace matters, we’re impartial, so we’re not on anyone’s side. That means we’re working for everyone to help prevent and resolve workplace issues.

Acas helps employers and employees by providing information, advice, training, conciliation and other services that prevent or resolve workplace problems.

Acas has been recognised for its Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace from the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion awards – Disability Confident Highly Commended; Pay Gap award winner and Overall winner for public sector organisations. Acas is committed to providing services and developing policies which embrace diversity, promote equality of opportunity and eliminate unlawful discrimination.


Person specification


Essential criteria:

  • Proven experience (within the last 18 months) of providing support and advice on HR cases, using evidence to assess risk and develop solutions that deliver a successful outcome – Lead criteria
  • Ability to build and sustain trusted relationships with internal stakeholders on sensitive and complex issues – e.g., line managers and Senior leadership team, legal team, HR Business Partners – Lead criteria
  • The interpretation and assimilation of high-quality information, gathering facts, sifting and relaying information to relevant stakeholders to reach a positive outcome
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including experience of communicating confidently about HR issues and solutions providing constructive challenge and feedback, whilst remaining objective
  • Influencing skills, and the provision of expert advice to senior stakeholders
  • Dealing with risk and managing situations according to the risk appetite of the organisation, appropriately seeking legal advice, including case escalation as required
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines, including working on complex work at pace whilst demonstrating a good level of attention to detail when providing HR support and guidance


Desirable criteria:

  • Current membership of Level 5 CIPD or above is desirable


We'll assess you against these behaviors during the selection process:

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Delivering at Pace


Alongside your salary of £33,630, Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service contributes £9,113 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

We’re big believers in rewarding people for the amazing work they do, take a look at some of the fantastic benefits we offer: 

  • Learning and Development;
  • Health and wellbeing;
  • Pension scheme;
  • Cycle to work scheme;
  • Childcare schemes;
  • Interest free season ticket loans;
  • Volunteering opportunities.

Could you ask for any more?

You’ll have access to a Lifestyle website, where you’ll be able to grab savings over a wide range of products from holidays to your weekly shop. 

To find out more please check out - Working for Acas

Things you need to know

Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

How to apply

Please click on the 'Apply now' button.

Please submit a tailored CV and an evidence-based statement of suitability reflecting the essential requirements. Your statement of suitability should be no longer than 1250 words. It should avoid generalised assertions, instead including specific examples of achievements, explaining the degree of challenge, what you did and the outcomes.

If the panel receive a large volume of applications, an initial sift will be completed on the two lead criteria below:

  • Proven experience (within the last 18 months) of managing complex HR cases, using evidence to assess risk and develop solutions that deliver a successful outcome
  • Ability to build and sustain trusted relationships with internal and external stakeholders on sensitive and complex issues – e.g., line managers and Senior leadership team, legal team, HR Business Partners, Civil Service Employee Policy 

Interview Details

If you have successfully passed sift, you will be invited to an interview via MS Teams which is likely to take place week commencing 25 March 2024. The interview will be a Behaviour, Strength and Experience interview. 

A reserve list will be created for this position, this means that if you have passed the interview, but we couldn’t offer you this position, you’ll be on a reserve list for 12 months if a similar position becomes available.

If a person with disabilities is put at a disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

  • Contact Acas HR Recruitment Service via  as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.
  • Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need accessibility considerations to enter the building or interview room, for communications or adjustments for testing procedures. 

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.

People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window).

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants
Job contact :
Name:               HR Recruitment Team
Recruitment team

Further information
If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Code and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact us on in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from us, you can contact the Civil Service Commission.

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