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Human resources manager

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

Human resources (HR) managers develop, put into place and manage 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 course 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 have a first 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:

  • Level 5 Diploma in Business Management and Human Resources
  • Level 5 Diploma In Human Resource Management

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, 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.

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Professional and industry bodies

You can join the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development for professional recognition, training opportunities and to 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 an HR manager, you will:

  • lead an organisation’s 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 services, training, or advice on HR strategy and policy planning.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

HR Learning and Development Advisor - Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £25,000.00 Annually
  • Location:

HR Learning and Development Advisor - Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £25,000.00 Annually
  • Location:

Courses In England

CIPD HR Practice Certificate L3

  • Provider: BATH COLLEGE
  • Start date: 03 November 2021
  • Location: Bath

L3 - Certificate in Human Resources Practice (QCF) - Yr 1 of 1 Evening Jan Start (CIPD)

  • Start date: 10 January 2022
  • Location: Kingston on Thames

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