HR managers see their salaries soar

For most UK regions, typical salaries for HR managers have increased at a rate far in excess of inflation, Hays research shows.

This is particularly noticeable in the Home Counties, partly due to London professionals relocating to prime commuter-belt locations for better quality of life. Employers in these regions have to offer premium packages to attract and retain HR managers who could still travel into London to achieve their desired salary.

Areas such as Scotland and the M1 corridor have seen little or no increase in typical salary over the last year. However, there are signs that they are starting to experience the shortage of good quality, qualified and experienced candidates already seen elsewhere. This is likely to impact on salaries, pushing them up over the next year.

Overall, salaries still vary considerably by size of organisation, but trends suggest that candidates with a strategic, business focus and the ability to demonstrate the commercial impact of HR are able to demand high-end salaries across the board.

Typical salary (£) for an HR manager (commerce)

Central London38,00039,0002.6%
Southern Home Counties35,00038,0008.6%
Northern Home Counties33,00036,0009.1%
Thames Valley35,00037,0005.7%
M1 Corridor35,00035,0000.0%
East Anglia33,00035,0006.1%
West Midlands35,00037,0005.7%
East Midlands35,00036,0002.9%
South West35,00037,0005.7%
North East35,00036,5004.3%
North West35,00037,0005.7%
South East Coas33,00035,0006.1%
National Average34,60036,2334.7%

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