Human resources managers develop and implement policies relating to the working practices of the organisation they are in.
They hire employees and help them get training and development to advance their careers. They are instrumental in overseeing conditions of employment, contractual terms, pay negotiations and issues relating to equality and diversity.
Typical hours per week
38 - 40
How to get a job in human resources
There are several routes to becoming a human resources manager. You can gain the qualifications you need
by doing a university or college course, or an apprenticeship. If you already have relevant experience you may be able to apply directly to an employer or train on the job.
You should explore these routes to become a human resources manager to find out which is the right one for you.
You may need a (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
University / graduate training scheme
You could complete a degree in business studies, business with languages, human resources management and business management or another relevant subject.
Afterwards, you may be able to get a job on a company’s HR graduate trainee scheme.
For an undergraduate degree, you’ll need :
College / training provider
You could complete a college course to become a human resources manager, such as a Level 3 Awards in Human Resource Essentials, a Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business Human Resources or a Level 3 Certificate in Human Resource Practices.
Alternatively, you could enrol on an administration course and then progress into a role as a human resources manager.
You’ll need a minimum of 2 - 3 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a relevant college course.
An apprenticeship with a construction firm is a good way into the industry.
You could complete an advanced apprenticeship in human resources support, or become an administrative apprentice and, once qualified, specialise to become a human resources manager.
You’ll need a minimum of 2 - 3 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, to become an apprentice.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week.
Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
If you have some basic experience, you could apply directly to a construction company to gain experience as a human resources manager.
You might start as a business administrator in a company’s HR department, and work your way up through training and promotion.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works in human resources.
Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a human resources personel include :
What do human resources personnel do?
As a human resources personel you will be responsible for looking after the recruitment of new staff, and overseeing their welfare, contracts, and concerns once in place.
The job role of a human resources personel involve the following duties :
What is it like to be a human resources manager?
How much do human resources personnel earn?
The expected salary for a human resources personel varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.