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.


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

Typical Education Level

Honours, Bachelor's degree

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 16% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£52,835 Average wage

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for human resource manager or director is £52,835

4,954 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 4,954. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for human resource manager or director roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £52,835 per year. That is about £4,403 per month or £27.09 per hour. New workers generally start on £29,178, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £114,752

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 4,954 people are employed in the region.

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