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Human resources manager

Alternative titles for this job include HR manager, personnel manager, HR director

Human resources (HR) managers are in charge of creating and introducing HR policies and plans.

Average salary (a year)

£28,000 Starter


£50,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become

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How to become a human resources manager

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 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 already have a 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 the level 5 Diploma in Business Management and Human Resources.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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You can get into this role through a HR consultant partner higher apprenticeship or senior people professional degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

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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 approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. These qualifications are usually offered either online or at a training centre.

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 to:

  • get professional recognition
  • find training opportunities
  • make industry contacts

Further information

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

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

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
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a HR manager, you'll:

  • lead a HR team
  • support managers in getting the best out of their staff
  • design and put into place workplace policies
  • train and develop staff
  • handle complicated HR issues
  • advise senior managers on business change
  • work to improve employee relations
  • manage a budget
  • keep up to date with employment law

Working environment

You could work in an office or from home.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a partner in a business or organisation.

You could also set up your own consultancy offering:

  • recruitment
  • training
  • advice on planning HR strategies and policies

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Organisational Effectiveness Coordinator Apprentice

  • Wage: £27,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Warrington

Apprentice HR Assistant (Level 5)

  • Wage: £159.10 - £329.67 Weekly
  • Location: Worthing

Courses In England

CIPD Human Resource Practices Level 3 Diploma

  • Start date: 13 September 2022
  • Location: Southend-on-Sea

CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice

  • Start date: 19 January 2023
  • Location: Stretford

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