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Working as a ​HR Manager, Career Path​ & Opportunities

The ​HR Manager career path​ can take many different forms. But traditionally you will need a  background in HR and a keen interest in business. You will be bridging the gap between employees  and the board while bringing a people-focus to the company’s future plans and vision.     

What Is A HR Manager or Director?

A HR manager or Director holds responsibility for all human resources activities within an organisation – ensuring policies and procedures are adhered to and that the company is not  breaching any HR-related legislation. Usually reporting directly to the CEO, a HR Director does not  normally get involved with the administrating of HR duties but instead heads up the department and manages its budget and strategy. The job title may differ depending on the size of the organisation but typically it’s the person who other HR staff report to.   

What’s The Outlook For The Sector?

As business leaders are waking up to the fact that people are the lifeblood of their organisation, it  signals a strong need for self-motivated and highly proficient HR leaders. Career prospects are good, especially if you choose to specialise or can demonstrate strong business sense and a  capacity for aligning HR strategies with a business’s vision.     

Is It The Right Career For Me? 

If you have a background in HR but a keen interest in business, then a role as a HR Director or Chief  HR Officer could be the way to combine these two areas. If you’re already working with HR but are  interested in taking a new direction, then this step is a step upwards and not just a move  sideways. It’s a step away from the traditional administration duties of HR such as pay,  recruitment and training. Instead, you'll have a new focus on how people can give your company a competitive edge. You’ll still need to have an excellent knowledge of policy and procedure to ensure that you can develop winning strategies.     

What Skills And Experience Are Required and What Could I Earn?

If you’re looking to step up to a HR Director position then accredited professional qualifications  from the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) are crucial to show you’re serious about moving your career to a more senior level.    Outstanding communication skills are vital as the focus is on collaboration and influence as oppose to control and command. You’ll need to be comfortable making evidence-based decisions, be forward-looking and be capable of making people-related plans that are closely aligned with  business strategy.   The average salary for a HR Director is​ ​£68,868​, while a HR Manager can typically earn an annual wage of​ ​£35,589​.     

How Can Kelly Help Me?

At Kelly, our focus is on matching a candidate’s skills and experience with the very best role for them. We have a wide range of organisations who rely on us to find the brightest candidates within their HR teams.​ ​Get in touch​ to find out what your options are to move your HR career forward.