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Human resources manager

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

Annual Salary

£35,000 to £150,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

You could work: between 8am and 6pm;

Future employment

There will be 5% more Human resources manager jobs in 2025.
In your local area

What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work in an office or from home.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • specialist courses run by professional bodies

You'll need a a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree course in:

  • human resources management
  • business management and human resources
  • psychology
  • business with languages

You could also do a postgraduate course in human resource management if you have a first degree.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course
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You could do a college course like:

  • Level 5 Diploma in Business Management and Human Resources
  • Level 5 Diploma In Applied Human Resources
  • Level 5 Diploma In Human Resource Management

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You can get into this role through a HR consultant or partner higher apprenticeship.

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You could start as an assistant in a human resources department and work your way up through training and promotion.

Other routes

You can do professional qualifications in human resources, either online or at a training centre, approved by The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Some companies also have general management or human resources graduate training schemes.

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Professional and industry bodies

You can join The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You'll find more advice about careers in HR through The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of human resources and employment law
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • business management skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to motivate and manage staff
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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