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Human Resources Personnel

Human Resources personnel develop and implement policies relating to the working practices of the organisation they are in.

The Role

  • 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
  • Instrumental in overseeing conditions of employment, contractual terms, pay negotiations and issues relating to equality and diversity
  • Typically work 40 hours a week and would be located mainly in an office environment


  • Newly trained HR personnel can earn in the region of £19,000 and £25,000 
  • Trained with experience HR personnel can earn in the region of £25,000 and £45,000
  • Senior posts such as HR Director can earn between £75,000 and £100,000

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

Qualifications and Training

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

Courses at a higher level of education in business studies, business with languages, human resources management and business management are all extremely beneficial.

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

Next Steps


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As these are external websites, the number of job vacancies related to your preferred job role may vary. 

Check daily to see new opportunities as they are posted!

Find out more

For information on the Human Resources Personnel role in Scotland please visit the Skills Development Scotland website My World of Work.

Take our Ultimate Quiz to find out which role is right for you.

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