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HR directors: performing complex and varied management tasks in HR development and administration

HR directors are versatile experts in middle or senior management. They monitor and coordinate all personnel-related tasks, e.g. recruiting, administration, further training and the development of personnel and salary strategies, which are all essential for the company’s competitiveness.

Which opportunities do HR directors have on the labour market?

In view of the growing shortage of skilled workers in all industries, employee retention and training is becoming increasingly important for companies of all sizes. HR directors are key figures with regard to changing conditions in the HR market and are highly sought-after in industries requiring a lot of personnel, such as mechanical engineering, engineering, IT and other technology areas.

What are the tasks and responsibilities of HR directors?

HR directors can work in numerous different industries. Their main task is the coordination of their company’s staff. In their role as contact person for both the employer and the employees, they must be able to deal with the concerns of all parties involved and, if necessary, act as a mediator vis-à-vis the works council or trade union representatives. They must always take their company’s strategic goals into account when recruiting, training and motivating employees. In this context, their tasks include the analysis of the corresponding requirements and the implementation of appropriate measures. Dismissals may belong to their responsibilities as well.

Furthermore, HR directors are in charge of the preparation and evaluation of statistics on the number of employees and their productivity and are (at least partly) responsible for payroll accounting.

  • All areas of HR administration – from recruiting to dismissals
  • Requirements analysis as well as further training and employment planning
  • Employee motivation
  • Acting as an interface between management board, works council and the employees
  • Tasks related to payroll accounting and compensation policy

Which hard skills and soft skills should HR directors have?

HR directors must have completed an apprenticeship or further training course in the HR area or must have a university degree in HR management. Besides, knowledge of payroll accounting, employee training and labour law is required. Certain soft skills are essential for HR directors as well. These include good leadership skills, diplomatic talent, assertiveness and emotional intelligence. They should also be able to plan and make decisions in an independent and proactive manner and to successfully explain and justify necessary measures both to the management board and to the employees.

  • Completed (further) training in HR management
  • Comprehensive experience in personnel planning and recruiting
  • Experience in requirements analysis and procurement of the required qualifications
  • Payroll accounting skills
  • Employee training skills
  • Assertiveness and good negotiation skills
  • Strong motivational skills

What is the average salary of HR directors?

HR directors generally have a very good salary. The amount they earn largely depends on the company’s size and orientation. While the average annual salary of HR directors is EUR 80,000 at small companies, they may earn twice this amount at large companies with several thousand employees. In addition, over 90 percent of all HR directors receive annual bonuses.

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