Human Resources Manager
Human resources (HR) managers develop, deliver and manage HR policies and plans.
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
- business with languages
You could also do a postgraduate course in human resource management if you have a first degree.
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
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
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You can get into this role through a HR consultant or partner higher apprenticeship.
Employers will set their own entry requirements.
You could start as an assistant in a human resources department and work your way up through training and promotion.
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.
You’ll need the following skills:
- 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
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
- budgeting skills;
- excellent IT and maths skills;
- organisational and planning skills;
- negotiation and leadership skills.
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
The following salaries are a guide only:
- Starter: £35,000
- Experienced: up to £150,000
- You could work in an office or from home.
- Hours can be from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm