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Human resources officers hire employees and help develop their careers, and look after employee relations, benefits and welfare.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £15,000 to £50,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

Some employers may expect you have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English, maths and science. Experience of office work could also help you to get a job.

You could get into this work with:

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • excellent communication skills
  • organisational skills

3. What you'll do

Your daily tasks may include:

  • dealing with complaints and discipline procedures
  • assisting in the recruitment of new employees
  • working with other managers, improving employees' experiences of the workplace
  • keeping employee records
  • helping people get training and development
  • making sure employees have the right pay and benefits
  • arranging employee services such as welfare and counselling
  • promoting equality, and health and safety
  • advising on matters like pay negotiations, redundancy and employment law
  • developing HR policies and procedures
  • recording and analysing confidential information
  • writing employee handbooks
  • dealing with staff at all levels

4. Salary

Starter: £15,000 to £19,000

Experienced: £18,000 and £25,000

Highly Experienced: £25,000 to £50,000 or more

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'd usually work Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

You'll be based in an office but may have to travel to meetings if you work for a company with more than one site.

6. Career path and progression

You could become a member of CIPD to show your professional status and continue your professional development.

With experience, you could progress into senior management. You could also set up your own consultancy offering recruitment services or advice on policy planning.

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Last updated: 10 September 2018