Human Resources Officer

Average Salary: £24,000 - £29,000
Competition: HIGH
Years Experience: 1-4 years

Job Summary

As a Human Resources (HR) Officer you will play a big part making the best use of personnel within an organisation. Specifically, they are responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures in relation to the staff. This can be in areas such as recruitment, payroll, training, equality and diversity and so forth. They ensure that workers are happy. Because happy workers are more likely to achieve the organisation’s objectives and goals.


As a generalist type of role, you’ll have your hand in many pots within HR. So, you could be doing the following:

  • Liaising with managers to develop HR strategies and plan for future staff needs
  • Being a part of the recruitment process from establishing job descriptions to interviewing candidates
  • Advising management on matters such as employment law and redundancy
  • Providing staff training and development in accordance to their roles
  • Managing payroll and employee records
  • Counselling staff about problems in relation to work and personal
  • Promoting equality, and health and safety

Key Skills & Characteristics

A HR Officer should:

  • Have excellent interpersonal skills with the capability to communicate across all levels
  • Have strong written, verbal and listening skills
  • Possess good administration skills whilst being highly organised
  • Be able to problem solve when it comes to disputes and staff problems
  • Be patient, and tactful whilst dealing with people who are stressed
  • Show integrity and professionalism when dealing with confidential information

Entry Routes

You’ll be happy to know that a career in HR is open to all graduates. However, it would probably put you at a bigger advantage if you completed a degree in Business or a subject that demonstrates the key skills or duties above.

Being so open makes becoming a HR Officer quite competitive. A lot of people decide to complete a postgraduate degree in HR or Personnel Management. However, employers look more towards the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) qualification. If you want to progress in HR to a higher position, working towards your CIPD is essential. To become a HR Officer, a lot of employers look for you to be either CIPD part or fully qualified.

Relevant work experience will also be favourable to employers. Look for voluntary positions, work placements or even look to take on roles of responsibility within your university. As they say, to get to where you want, you need to work at it!

Job Progression

HR Assistant

HR Officer

HR Manager

HR Consultant

HR Director

Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • New People – You get to work with many different departments and communicate with a variety of people
  • Teaching – Developing people’s skills and helping them improve is pleasing
  • Variety – It’s a general role so you get to explore many different areas in HR

The Bad

  • Difficult People – Working with difficult personalities can be frustrating
  • Administrative Duties – Not the most interesting of duties, particularly if you find yourself overloaded with it
  • Negativity – It can be quite a negative role, with having to deal with complaints, staff issues and so forth