Salary Range
€32k - €45k
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In Brief...

Plans, directs, and coordinates the human resource management activities of an organisation.


  • Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


  • Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

In Summary - Personnel Manager

Career Sectors

Personnel Manager s typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Business Management & Human Resources
Human Resources
Business Management & Human Resources
Business Management
Business Management & Human Resources

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The Work - Personnel Manager

Personnel Officers find out which skills and experience staff should have, create plans to recruit the right type and number of people, and think up and put into practice policies to create a safe and effective working environment.  
Personnel officers have a wide variety of tasks, depending on the nature and size of the organisation they work for. Larger companies may have specialist personnel officers in areas like recruitment, employee development or human resource planning. Officers in smaller organisations are more likely to deal with all personnel issues.  
They may be responsible for recruitment and selection. An officer will draw up a job description, check application forms, devise the interview procedure and questions, obtain references and sometimes help to select the successful applicant. Personnel officers may need to advertise the vacancies, or careers services to provide literature and resources to raise interest in and awareness of the organisation.  
In employee development, officers analyse groups and individuals to plan and put into practice activities that will develop them and give them new skills. An officer may plan an induction and skills programme for new staff, or a regular appraisal system to make sure staff are satisfied, and to identify their training needs. Sometimes personnel officers give training themselves; more often, they arrange training by other staff or with outside organisations.  
Personnel officers are concerned with health and safety issues. They are often responsible for organising medical, sports and social facilities. They keep and update staff records, often using computers.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Serve as a link between management and employees by handling questions, interpreting and administering contracts and helping resolve work-related problems.
  • Analyze and modify compensation and benefits policies to establish competitive programs and ensure compliance with legal requirements.
  • Advise managers on organizational policy matters such as equal employment opportunity and sexual harassment, and recommend needed changes.
  • Perform difficult staffing duties, including dealing with understaffing, refereeing disputes, firing employees, and administering disciplinary procedures.
  • Plan and conduct new employee orientation to foster positive attitude toward organizational objectives.
  • Identify staff vacancies and recruit, interview and select applicants.
  • Plan, direct, supervise, and coordinate work activities of subordinates and staff relating to employment, compensation, labor relations, and employee relations.
  • Plan, organize, direct, control or coordinate the personnel, training, or labor relations activities of an organization.
  • Represent organization at personnel-related hearings and investigations.
  • Administer compensation, benefits and performance management systems, and safety and recreation programs.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Developing and Building Teams Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Staffing Organizational Units Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.

Interests - Personnel Manager

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:


The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.


Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.


To be a personnel officer, you must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, to relate to people from many different backgrounds. Strong negotiating skills are essential in resolving disputes and disciplinary matters. You must also have a friendly, approachable manner - staff should feel comfortable in approaching you to discuss confidential issues. An understanding of the need for confidentiality is essential.  
You will need good numerical skills, to collate and analyse statistics. Good organisational skills are very important, as is the ability to work well in a team.

Entry Requirements - Personnel Manager

Pay & Salary - Personnel Manager

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €32k - €45k

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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

Labour Market Updates - Personnel Manager

The recovery in the economy and growth in employment has led to a stronger demand for HR managers and officers. While the number of people working as HR managers and officers has risen, there is currently no evidence of a shortage for this occupation. Nonetheless, demand is increasing for those with sector specific knowledge (e.g. finance).

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