Human Resource Manager



OFO No: 121201





Other names for Human Resources Manager

  • Employee Relations Manager
  • Personnel Manager
  • Transitions Manager

What is a Human Resources Manager?

A Human Resources Manager’s main job tasks are to co-ordinate and control all aspects of the ‘humans’ (employees) within the company.

What does a Human Resources Manager do?

(depending on company)

  • liaises with each member of staff on a personal level to assist them
  • writes up employee contracts
  • plans and directs industrial relations activities, strategies and practices
  • negotiates wage structures and conditions of employment for staff members
  • organises recruitment for new positions open in the company
  • organises training for staff
  • handles employee dismissals (firing) and also promotions of staff
  • keeps up to date with employee rights and legislation
  • consults and liaises with other managers in the company

Are you . . . ?

  • a peoples’ person?
  • a good negotiator?
  • fair?
  • empathic and understanding?
  • a good listener?
  • a good communicator (write, read and speak)?
  • open minded?
  • a hard worker?

How do I become a Human Resources Manager?

A Human Resources Manager is usually older because they have years of HR work experience as well as one or more relevant qualifications.


You will need a Bachelor of Commerce degree in HR. Most universities offer this.

If you only start your career with a Diploma in HR, that’s fine. You will just have to work slightly longer to collect more work experience and skills along the way.

Either way, only your determination and hard work will get your there, if you want the job as HR Manager one day.


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


You should be registered with the SABPP. It’s not compulsory but highly recommended if you’re serious about your career path.


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  HR Clerk … or … Recruitment Agent

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