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HR Manager

Have you ever considered working as a HR Manger? If this is a profession that interests you below is some information on a typical HR Managers responsibilities and what courses you could take to get qualified for this job.

Human resources (HR) officers develop, advise on and implement policies relating to the effective use of personnel within an organisation.

Their aim is to ensure that the organisation employs the right balance of staff in terms of skills and experience, and that training and development opportunities are available to employees to enhance their performance and achieve the employer’s business aims.


HR officers are involved in a range of activities required by organisations, whatever the size or type of business. These cover areas such as:

  • working practices
  • recruitment
  • pay
  • conditions of employment
  • negotiation with outside work-related agencies
  • equality and diversity


Typical work activities

An HR officer must have a clear understanding of their employer’s business objectives and be able to devise and implement policies which select, develop and retain the right staff needed to meet these objectives.

HR professionals not only deal with staff welfare and administration-centred activities, but also strategy and planning. HR departments are expected to add value to the organisation they support. The exact nature of the work varies according to the organisation, but is likely to include:

  • working closely with various departments, increasingly in a consultancy role, assisting line managers to understand and implement policies and procedures;
  • promoting equality and diversity as part of the culture of the organisation;
  • liaising with a wide range of people involved in policy areas such as staff performance and health and safety;
  • recruiting staff – this includes developing job descriptions and person specifications, preparing job adverts, checking application forms, shortlisting, interviewing and selecting candidates;
  • developing and implementing policies on issues like working conditions, performance management, equal opportunities, disciplinary procedures and absence management;
  • prepare staff handbooks;
  • advising on pay and other remuneration issues, including promotion and benefits;
  • undertaking regular salary reviews;
  • administering payroll and maintaining employee records;
  • advising on employment law;
  • dealing with grievances and implementing disciplinary procedures;
  • Working with line managers HR planning strategies which consider immediate and long-term staff requirements;
  • planning, training including inductions for new staff;
  • analysing training needs with departmental managers.


So if you are looking at a a job in HR what courses could you take to help you get the job over the other candidates?

Home learning college offer a CIPD foundation certificate in HR, and intermediate certificate and a level 7.


Reed offer CIPD level 5 certificate, intermediate and foundation courses in Human resources