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Human resources personnel

Human resources coordinator, HR officer, HR assistant

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.

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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 Construction Skills Certification Scheme (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

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 personnel include:

  • Aptitude at administration
  • Sensitivity and understanding
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Customer service skills.

What do human resources personnel do?

As a human resources personnel 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 personnel involve the following duties:

  • Recruiting staff, writing job descriptions, checking application forms, creating candidate shortlists and conducting primary interviews
  • Devising and implementing policies to select, develop and retain staff
  • Overseeing staff welfare
  • Working closely with other departments to implement policies and procedures
  • Promoting equality and diversity within the business
  • Overseeing health and safety policies
  • Developing and implementing policies on issues like working conditions, performance management, equal opportunities, disciplinary procedures and absence management
  • Advising on pay, promotion and benefits, including sick pay, paternity and maternity pay
  • Carrying out salary reviews
  • Negotiating with staff and their representatives (for example, trade union officials)
  • Administering payroll
  • Handling staff complaints, grievances and implementing disciplinary procedures
  • Working in an office.

How much do human resources personnel earn?

The expected salary for a human resources personnel varies as you become more experienced.

  • Newly trained human resources manager can earn £15,000 - £25,000
  • Trained human resources manager with some experience can earn £25,000 - £45,000
  • Senior human resources managers can earn £75,000 - £100,000.*

Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.

* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources


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Career path and progression

There are opportunities for progression and salary increases as you gain experience in human resources, particularly if you have a qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

With experience, you could progress into senior management. You could also set up your own consultancy offering recruitment services or advice on policy planning.

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