Labour & Industrial Relations

Labour & Industrial Relations is about the workplace and employment issues and relationships.

Studying in this area involves learning about the rights and responsibility of employers, managers, workers and trade unions.

This includes learning about 'hiring and firing', discrimination, harassment, human rights, unemployment insurance and worker compensation, etc.

This area is also about labour laws and regulations.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Did you know?

Interest in industrial relations emerged from the Industrial Revolution that began in the 18th Century.

The advent of factories with potentially thousands of people working together for a single employer resulted in workplace issues in need of resolution.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Mediation
  • Negotiator
  • Employment court judge
  • Human resource manager
  • Personnel manager
  • Unionist
  • Employment consultant
  • Recruiter
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


148% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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