Employer profile


Updated: September, 2016

About CIPD

The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development, with 140,000 members who work in HR and learning and development internationally. We operate through our offices in London, Dublin, Dubai and Singapore.

Being a professional body means we support our members, set the standards for professional qualifications and advise individuals and businesses on how to manage their people effectively and fairly.

We are also an awarding body for HR qualifications.

Careers in HR

HR (or human resources) opens doors to jobs in every sector – the world is your oyster. You can build your career internationally or at home. From filming to engineering and from accountants to charities, pretty much every industry and company will need to hire the expertise of an HR professional. Over 474,000 people work in HR and people development in the UK.

A career in HR offers long-term options and a huge variety of roles. You could be involved in recruiting or training employees one day, or helping businesses decide how employees should be paid and rewarded the next. There are even roles which focus on employment law and protecting the rights of employees at work.


A career in HR offers a world of exciting opportunities! The rewards are great, and with the right skills and motivation you can expect swift progression early on.

You can start off your career as an HR administrator but progress all the way to the top of the business as an HR director, helping to drive the direction of the business and earning over £80,000 a year. Some HR specialists go on to be business owners and set up their own HR and training companies.

A variety of HR jobs

In some businesses you can cover a wide range of HR work, gaining really broad experience and skills; in other companies, you may be able to specialise in a particular area. There are many options open to you, main areas include:

  • Recruitment and talent planning
  • Employee relations
  • Organisation development
  • Learning, training and development
  • Employment law
  • Employee engagement
  • Performance and reward

Find more information about HR roles.

Getting your first job in HR

In many cases, your first step will be working as an assistant alongside an HR or learning and development manager, with starting salary £15,000 - £19,000 a year. Search for jobs that include words such as ‘Co-ordinator’, ‘Assistant’, ‘Administrator’, ‘Officer’, or ‘Executive’.

HR qualifications

If you want to gain a professional qualification in HR, you can study with the CIPD. Our internationally recognised HR qualifications can be taken in the UK, Ireland and internationally at universities, colleges and training providers. Over 12,000 people study a CIPD qualification each year.

Work sectors

recruitment and HR


Europe, Ireland, Worldwide

Contact details

151 The Broadway
SW19 1JQ
  • Times Top 100 Graduate Employer
  • Investor in People