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Personnel Manager

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€32k > 45 
Personnel Manager
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€32 - 45 
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Last Updated: April, 2014

* 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.
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Occupational Category

Human Resource Managers

Also included in this category:

Human resource managers; personnel managers; recruitment managers

Number Employed:

5,900

Part time workers: 10%
Aged over 55: 10%
Male / Female: 26 / 74%
Non-Nationals: 16%
With Third Level: 91%
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At a Glance... header image

Plans, directs, and coordinates the human resource management activities of an organisation. May be in charge of functions such as employee compensation, recruitment, personnel policies, and regulatory compliance.


The Work header image

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. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Serve as a link between management and employees by handling questions, interpreting and administering contracts and helping resolve work-related problems.

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Analyze and modify compensation and benefits policies to establish competitive programs and ensure compliance with legal requirements.

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Advise managers on organizational policy matters such as equal employment opportunity and sexual harassment, and recommend needed changes.

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Perform difficult staffing duties, including dealing with understaffing, refereeing disputes, firing employees, and administering disciplinary procedures.

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Plan and conduct new employee orientation to foster positive attitude toward organizational objectives.

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Identify staff vacancies and recruit, interview and select applicants.

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Plan, direct, supervise, and coordinate work activities of subordinates and staff relating to employment, compensation, labor relations, and employee relations.

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Plan, organize, direct, control or coordinate the personnel, training, or labor relations activities of an organization.

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Represent organization at personnel-related hearings and investigations.

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Administer compensation, benefits and performance management systems, and safety and recreation programs.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:  Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Staffing Organizational Units:  Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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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.

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Coaching and Developing Others:  Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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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.

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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.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Management of Personnel Resources:   Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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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.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Systems Evaluation:   Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Persuasion:   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

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.


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