HR Assistant (Employee Relations)

Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Permanent Contract

Part time – 25 hour week

Salary –  Pro-rated: £20,701 to £20,999 per annum (FTE – £30,638 to £31,079 per annum)

Are you organised, great at multi-tasking, and a people person? Then join our Employee Relations Team! 

About us 

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service serves a population of more than 800,000 in the Southeast of England. Around 400 firefighters operate from 19 fire stations from the outskirts of London to the South Midlands. We employ around 100 specialist support staff, from ICT to fire prevention. We are a diverse, welcoming community – will you join us? 

Our Service is only as good as its people. When our employees are engaged and supported, our Service thrives. This why we support flexible and hybrid working. 

About the role 

As our HR Assistant (Employee Relations) you will support the Employee Relations team in developing and providing high quality support arrangements to all employees, which will assist employees staying in work, returning to work, or through difficult personal circumstances.

You will be responsible for:

·Being the first point of contact for the team and for the escalation of employee relations issues

·Supporting the attendance process at all stages.

·Maintaining accurate records of progress and decisions / outcomes

· Acting as a contact and triage point for individuals and line managers seeking access to welfare support, providing advice

· Coordinating the mental health wellbeing champions, to provide a system of welfare / support arrangements

·Delivering workshops / facilitated events for employee relations

·Supporting the team in developing and delivering appropriate health and wellbeing initiatives to enhance engagement, increase productivity levels and reduce sickness absence

About you 

We are looking for someone who will be committed to improving Employee Relations within the Service.

You must:

·  Be able to work on your own initiative and without direct supervision confidentially

· Be able to work confidently within a team and to interact with individuals in a friendly, courteous manner

·  Have excellent written and verbal communication skills

· Be able to prioritise workloads and have strong organisational skills


  • A good general level of educational achievement
  • CIPD qualification at Level 3 or equivalent or willingness to work towards


  • Computer literate or ability to use IT applications in a wide range of applications
  • Broad generalist HR experience with a particular understanding of Employee relations matters and casework
  • Experience of working in a trade unionised environment, preferably the Fire Service
  • Experience of supporting ED&I and wellbeing initiatives

How to Apply 

We are an equal opportunity employer. Applications from people of any colour, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status or disability are welcome.

If there are any adaptions or adjustments, we can make to help you in your application, or with our recruitment process, please contact us via e-mail or telephone.

Everyone who works with us is required to have a DBS check. If you have any queries or concerns regarding this, please contact

For further information about the role please review the job description.

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Abatement & Protected Pension 

If are in receipt of a Firefighter’s pension, before taking up employment with Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority you are required to notify Human Resources as Abatement Rules may apply. 

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