Admin, HR, legal

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 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours


Future employment

There will be 4% more Human resources manager jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

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

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.

£35,000 to £150,000

Starter salary: £35,000 to £45,000

Experienced salary: up to £75,000

Salaries will depend on your location, company and level of responsibility.


These figures are a guide.


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.

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:

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