Graduate Job Profile - HR Officer

Human resources officer, is responsible for managing procedures relating to employees of a particular company. Depending on the number of employees and the type of organisation HR officers have a variety of different responsibilities including recruitment, training and development, remuneration, maintaining health & safety and advising management on disciplinary and grievance procedures, redundancy programmes, equal opportunities policy and employment law.

In very large organisations, human resources officers may specialise in one of these areas, but in smaller companies they may deal with all aspects of the job. A standard 35-40 hour week is the norm in HR but you may be required to work longer hours at busy times. The work is mainly office-based although travel to other branches of the organisation or to visit training providers may be necessary. A lot of employers require HR officers to work towards their CIPD qualification (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development). Some BA Business Studies or similar degrees, and some postgraduate qualifications will give students exemption from the CIPD Professional Qualification Scheme.

Every business requires somebody to manage various aspects of human resource management, however to get into the larger organisations competition is tough and relevant work experience is recommended to get your foot in the door.

Starting salaries for graduate going into HR are around £14,000 a year. With experience HR managers can earn anything between £25,000 and £40,000. Directors may earn in excess of £50,000.

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