Human resource managers and directors


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


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.


There are no pre-set entry standards, although entry is most common with a degree or equivalent qualification. Off- and on-the-job training is provided and professional qualifications are available. NVQs/SVQs in relevant subjects are available at levels 3, 4 and 5.

Typical tasks

  • determines staffing needs;
  • oversees the preparation of job descriptions, drafts advertisements and interviews candidates;
  • oversees the monitoring of employee performance and career development needs;
  • provides or arranges for provision of training courses;
  • undertakes industrial relations negotiations with employees’ representatives or trades unions;
  • develops and administers salary, health and safety and promotion policies;
  • examines and reports on company and departmental structures, chains of command, information flows, etc. and evaluates efficiency of existing operations;
  • considers alternative work procedures to improve productivity;
  • stays abreast of relevant legislation, considers its impact on the organisation’s HR strategy and recommends appropriate action.

Common job titles

Manager, research, operational
Manager, resources, human
Manager, organisation and efficiency
Manager, recruitment
Manager, delivery, service, HR
Director, recruitment
Manager, personnel and training
Manager, planning, resource
Director, personnel
Partner, business, resources, human
Manager, development, employee
Manager (vocational training)
Director, development, management
Manager, organisation and methods
Director, training
Director of personnel
Manager, relations, industrial
Director of communications
Director, resources, human
Manager, staff
Manager, relations, employee
Manager, development, self
Director of human resources
Manager, volunteer
Manager, personnel
Manager, resource, human
Manager, development, training
Manager, o and m
Head of personnel
Manager, unit, NVQ
Manager (training establishment)
Director of training
Manager, study, works
Manager, services, management

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.