Job type

Human resources officer

£15k - £50k

Typical salary

38 – 40

Hours per week

Human resources officers hire employees and help develop their careers, and look after employee relations, benefits and welfare.

More info

  • You'll deal with HR issues like recruitment, training, employee relations and benefits
  • Opportunities to progress into HR management or to become an HR Director in larger organisations
  • You'll normally need to work towards professional qualifications from the CIPD

As a HR officer, you will have the responsibility of recruiting new employees and enabling the smooth running of operations in regard to health and safety procedures, training, and equality in the workplace.


  • Dealing with complaints and discipline procedures
  • Assisting in the recruitment of new employees
  • Working with other managers
  • Improving employees' experiences of the workplace
  • Keeping employee records
  • Helping people get training and development
  • Making sure employees have the right pay and benefits
  • Arranging employee services such as welfare and counselling, promoting equality, and health and safety
  • Advising on matters like pay negotiations, redundancy and employment law
  • Developing HR policies and procedures
  • Recording and analysing confidential information
  • Writing employee handbooks
  • Dealing with staff at all levels


You could work in an office or from home.

You'll need

For this role, you'll need administration, customer service and verbal communication skills, knowledge of human resources and employment law, thoroughness and attention to detail, sensitivity and understanding, the ability to read English, and to work well with others.

You'll usually need a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree course in human resources management, a combined degree such as business management and human resources, or a related subject. Some companies have general management or human resources graduate training schemes.

Some employers might prefer you to have relevant qualifications like those offered by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). You can study these qualifications at a college.

You could get this job through an advanced apprenticeship as a HR Consultant.

You can start as a business administrator in a company's HR department, and work your way up through training and promotion.


You could become a member of CIPD to show your professional status and continue your professional development. With experience, you could progress into senior management. You could also set up your own consultancy offering recruitment services or advice on policy planning.