Super HR professionals on average base salary of £328,000 a year

The elite ‘super HR professionals’ who sit on the boards of big private sector organisations are earning an average base salary of £328,000 a year, research shows.

In companies with revenues of more than £5bn, board-level HR directors earn an average of £105,000 a year more than those who sit on executive committees, the Price­water­house­Coopers Monks reward database reveals.

In companies with revenues of between £1bn and £5bn, the difference in HR director base salary between board and exec level stands at £59,000.

HR directors have long debated the merits of being on the board to gain influence. This research may give them another motive.

HR role    Median base salaries in firms with revenues of £5bn+ Median base salaries in firms with revenues of £1bn to £5bn
Main board director  £328,000  £208,000
Executive committee member  £223,000  £149,000
Senior head of function  £154,000  £116,000
Head of function  £112,000  £83,000
Senior professional  £68,000  £56,000

 Source: Monks reward benchmarking database, PricewaterhouseCoopers

  • Personnel Today this week relaunches its senior jobs pages focusing on vacancies that carry salaries of £60,000-plus. Our jobs website www.personneltodayjobs.com also currently carries more than 350 jobs with salaries in this bracket.

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