Human resources manager HR manager, personnel manager, HR director
Human resources (HR) managers develop, deliver and manage HR policies and plans.
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
- 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
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 environmentYou’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 progressionWith 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: 16 April 2018