About Us

Essential HR was founded by our Director, Mike Johnson, in 2006, to provide specialist HR advice to small to medium sized companies with little or no people management function of their own. Now with a team of four staff, Essential HR continues to grow, working with a current client base of around 200 companies.

Our Principles

Essential HR prides itself on maintaining the following values:

  • Professionalism;
  • Practical and pragmatic advice;
  • Legally compliant in all we do and advise;
  • Cost effective advice;
  • Sensitive to the needs of both employer and employee.

Meet the Team

Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson

MA (Econ)(Cantab), DIP ACC, DTM - Consultant and Director

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Jess Yardley

Jess Yardley

Junior HR Advisor - EPMHRNZ

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Need help managing staff?

Essential HR has a wealth of experience advising on every aspect of the employer-employee relationship. We can give you per-phone guidance or work along side you to make things happen.

Keeping You Posted

9 November 2023

Essential Update - 9th November 2023

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27 October 2023

Essential Update - 27th October 2023

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22 September 2023

Essential Update - 22nd September 2023

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