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Human resources and industrial relations officers

£16,640 Average salary at age 20
£34,320 Average Salary
38 Average hours per week


Human resources and industrial relations officers conduct research and advise on recruitment, training, staff appraisal and industrial relations policies and assist specialist managers with negotiations on behalf of a commercial enterprise, trade union or other organisation.

Main Tasks

  • Undertakes research into pay differentials, productivity and efficiency bonuses and other payments;
  • Develops and recommends personnel and industrial relations policies, assists with their implementation and drafts staff handbooks;
  • Assists with negotiations between management and employees or trades unions concerning pay and conditions of employment;
  • Interviews candidates for jobs;
  • Advises on training and recruitment, negotiating procedures, salary agreements and other personnel and industrial relations issues;
  • Deals with grievance and disciplinary procedures, and with staff welfare and counselling provision.


There are no formal academic requirements although most entrants possess a degree or equivalent qualification and/or relevant experience. Many employers expect staff to gain membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development through study for professional qualifications. NVQs/SVQs in this area are available at Levels 3 and 4.

What Human resources and industrial relations officers studied in higher education

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What Human resources and industrial relations officers studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L4) Social policy1
(L7) Human & social geography1
(G1) Mathematics1
(W2) Design studies1
(L3) Sociology4
(C1) Biology1
(C8) Psychology9
(V3) History by topic1
(W3) Music1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(W6) Cinematics & photography1
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry1
(Q3) English studies4
(L2) Politics4
(R4) Spanish studies1
(R1) French studies1
(N5) Marketing2
(W4) Drama1
(M1) Law by area2
(M2) Law by topic2
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport3
(P5) Journalism1
(N6) Human resource management9
(V5) Philosophy1
(L1) Economics1
(N1) Business studies13
(X3) Academic studies in education1
(L5) Social work1
(V6) Theology & religious studies1
(X1) Training teachers1
(C6) Sport & exercise science4
(P3) Media studies1
(N2) Management studies6
(V1) History by period5
(L6) Anthropology1
(I1) Computer science1

UK Prospects

178900 Workforce Size
3.94% Predicted growth 2023 - 2027
22853 Predicted Replacement 2023 - 2027

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