HR Officer

The role of Human Resources Officer suits those who are interested in developing and implementing HR policies that are relevant to the objectives of the business. HR Officers are there to ensure that an organisation puts together a balanced workforce with the right levels of skills and experience. As well as that, they are entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining training and development opportunities for the staff.

HR Officers are typically employed by banks, retailers, charities and large industrial organisations.


HR Officers report to a HR Manager or Director, and share similar responsibilities to that of a HR Advisor. The responsibilities of a HR Officer can be very broad, performing a wide range of duties business-wide, or they can specialise in areas such as health and safety or recruitment.

To be a successful HR Officer candidates must have thorough understanding of a business’ overall objectives, all responsibilities must be undertaken with these at the forefront of their mind. 

  • Assist line management with the implementation of policies and procedures

  • Determine the training needs of the staff, in relation to the business objectives

  • Oversee the negotiation of employment terms for employees

  • Conduct employee evaluations and appraisals alongside line management

  • Negotiate with trade unions and staff representatives

  • Work with line management on the recruitment process

  • Undertake regular company-wide salary reviews

  • Oversee the collection of HR data

  • Encourage personal development opportunities for employees

  • Organise staff training sessions and team building activities

Expected Skills & Qualifications

A HR or business degree qualification,or equivalent, is required when applying for a HR Officer role. Candidates may also be expected to have a CIPD certificate. Most employers will expect candidates to have gained numerous years’ experience in the field of HR prior to the application.

Interpersonal communication skills are essential for this role, as HR Officers work with a variety of different people across a business. Key skills include:

  • CIPD qualified

  • Understanding of contemporary HR systems

  • Fluent in modern IT programmes, eg. Microsoft

  • Meticulous attention to detail

  • Strong organisational and administrative skills

  • Commitment to personal development and acquiring new knowledge

  • Ability to recognise potential staff conflicts

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to form working relationships on a variety of different levels


The average salary for a HR Officer in the United Kingdom is currently around £24,000 per year. The entry-level salary currently averages at around £22,000 per year. More experienced candidates can hope to earn upwards of £30,000 per year plus bonuses.

Career Progression

Following on from a successful stint as a HR Officer, and with the relevant years of experience behind them in this role, candidates can progress upwards towards a management role in the team they are a part of. The role of HR Manager seems the most common progression for most candidates. Other progressions include a Senior role of the HR Officer position, HR Advisor and HR Consultancy. Progression in HR is very fluid and there will be plenty of opportunities to specialise in a specific area along the way.

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