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Human resources (HR) managers develop, deliver and manage HR policies and plans. 

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £35,000 to £150,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need HR experience, and an HND or degree in HR management, business management or a related subject. Some companies have general management or HR graduate training schemes.

It’s also common to have a qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

You could find work in an HR department as an administrator and work your way up.

The CIPD has more information about working in HR.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent communication skills
  • management and leadership skills
  • the ability to persuade people
  • accuracy and attention to detail

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • leading an organisation’s HR team
  • supporting managers in getting the best out of their staff
  • planning staff policies
  • designing and advising on company benefits packages
  • training and developing staff
  • handling complicated HR issues
  • working to improve employee relations
  • managing budgets

4. Salary

Starter: £35,000 to £45,000

Experienced: up to £75,000

Highly Experienced: up to £150,000 (director level)

Salaries will depend on your location, company and level of responsibility.
These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. You may sometimes have to work extra hours to meet deadlines.
You’ll be mainly office-based, but with some travel to meetings, especially if you work for a company with more than one site.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could set up your own consultancy offering recruitment services, training, or advice on HR strategy and policy planning.

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Last updated: 11 September 2018