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Human Resources personnel are the officers working in the Human Resources department of a company who develop and implement policies relating to the working practices of that organisation.

Average salaries are in the region of £28,000.00 to £30,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

HR personnel are the officers working in the Human Resources department of a company who develop and implement policies relating to the working practices of that organisation.

What they do?

For someone who works in HR, their main job is to ensure the business employs the right balance of staff in terms of skills and experience, and that training and development opportunities are available to them.

They are also instrumental in overseeing other areas linked to recruitment and working practices including the conditions of employment, contractual terms, pay negotiations and issues relating to equality and diversity.

Typical tasks include:

  • Recruit staff, write job descriptions, check application forms, create candidate shortlists and conduct primary interviews
  • Devise and implement policies to select, develop and retain the right staff
  • Oversee staff welfare
  • Work closely with other departments to implement policies and procedures
  • Promote equality and diversity within the business
  • Oversee health and safety policies
  • Develop and implement policies on issues like working conditions, performance management, equal opportunities, disciplinary procedures and absence management
  • Advise on pay, promotion and benefits, including sick pay, paternity and maternity pay
  • Carry out salary reviews
  • Negotiate with staff and their representatives (for example, trade union officials)
  • Administer payroll
  • Handle staff complaints, grievances and implement disciplinary procedures 

Hours & Salary?

  • Newly trained HR personnel can earn in the region of £19,000 and £22,000 per year
  • Trained with experience HR personnel can earn in the region of £22,000 and £30,000
  • Senior posts such as HR Director can earn between £75,000 and £100,000

Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility.

HR Personnel typically work 40 hours a week and would be located mainly in an office environment. 


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Case Study

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Bryony Mannion is a Human Resources Administrator for Keepmoat

What does your role involve?

All aspects of administration; letter writing, file sorting, authorising agency bookings and invoices, running reports etc. I also carry out the inductions for my region in Wath and Leeds.

What do you like about your job?

I enjoy speaking with different kinds of people every day and knowing that I have the opportunity to help them with a query or offer advice. I like that my job is fast paced and forever changing as there is always something more to learn and/or adapt to role to.

What’s your working day like?

Usually very busy as I and the other HR admin girls work for the biggest region (roughly 900 employees). There is always a new challenge or obstacle we have to overcome with projects surrounding Employment Law etc.

What was your background before starting this role?

 Before starting this role in 2014 – I was full time studying my 2nd year of A-levels (English Lit, Psychology and PE) with plans of studying criminology at university. After deciding this wasn’t for me I attended an interview for an Apprentice HR Administrator with Keepmoat and have since completed my A-levels and Apprenticeship Level 3 NVQ in Business Administration.

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

I hope to see myself at an advisory level within HR – hopefully with Keepmoat. I want to be more involved in the changes of the business and broaden my knowledge of the HR world surrounding investigations, etc.

A bit of advice for anyone thinking of a career in construction?

I’d advise others that construction is such a vibrant area to work in because there are so many different areas – RLO’s, Site teams, Planner, Admin etc. it’s an industry that is constantly growing! Also there is definitely a place for women in the construction industry; whether this involves a hard hat and rigger boots or not!

Qualifications & Training

There are various entry routes into human resources (HR) work including via apprenticeship placement.

Courses in business studies are particularly useful such as business with languages, human resources management and business management.

Applying to an HR graduate training scheme is another entry possibility.

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Career trends and forecasts

16,690 additional staff needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 16,690 non-construction professional, technical , IT and other office based staff (which includes HR/Personnel), every year between 2017 - 2021. The majority of this demand will be in the South West followed by a fairly even spread across East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, Scotland and Wales.

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