£10,920 Average salary at age 20
£57,200 Average Salary
37 Average hours per week


Human resource managers and directors plan, organise and direct the personnel, training and industrial relations policies of organisations, advise on resource allocation and utilisation problems, measure the effectiveness of an organisation’s systems, methods and procedures and advise on, plan and implement procedures to improve utilisation of labour, equipment and materials.

Main Tasks

  • Determines staffing needs;
  • Oversees the preparation of job descriptions, drafts advertisements and interviews candidates;
  • Oversees the monitoring of employee performance and career development needs;
  • Provides or arranges for provision of training courses;
  • Undertakes industrial relations negotiations with employees’ representatives or trades unions;
  • Develops and administers salary, health and safety and promotion policies;
  • Examines and reports on company and departmental structures, chains of command, information flows, etc. and evaluates efficiency of existing operations;
  • Considers alternative work procedures to improve productivity;
  • Stays abreast of relevant legislation, considers its impact on the organisation’s HR strategy and recommends appropriate action.


There are no pre-set entry standards, although entry is most common with a degree or equivalent qualification. Off- and on-the-job training is provided and professional qualifications are available. NVQs/SVQs in relevant subjects are available at levels 3, 4 and 5.

What Human resource managers and directors studied in higher education

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What Human resource managers and directors studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L7) Human & social geography1
(G1) Mathematics1
(W2) Design studies1
(L3) Sociology3
(C1) Biology1
(F1) Chemistry1
(C8) Psychology4
(R2) German studies1
(Y0) Combined1
(P4) Publishing1
(H4) Aerospace engineering1
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments1
(W3) Music2
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(W8) Imaginative writing1
(A3) Clinical medicine1
(Q3) English studies1
(L2) Politics2
(B7) Nursing1
(L9) Others in social studies1
(N5) Marketing1
(W4) Drama1
(M1) Law by area2
(M2) Law by topic2
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport1
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology1
(P5) Journalism1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences1
(N6) Human resource management16
(F3) Physics1
(L1) Economics1
(Q5) Celtic studies1
(W9) Others in creative arts & design1
(N1) Business studies16
(X3) Academic studies in education1
(L5) Social work1
(X1) Training teachers2
(R8) European studies1
(N4) Accounting1
(C6) Sport & exercise science2
(C3) Zoology1
(P3) Media studies1
(N2) Management studies15
(V1) History by period2
(Q8) Classical studies1
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering1
(L6) Anthropology1
(I1) Computer science1

UK Prospects

230700 Workforce Size
3.42% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
18075 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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