As the fastest growing British city outside of London, and the cultural capital of the north, Manchester is home to many important companies, all of which employ HR staff. Therefore, it’s a great place to find work in human resources. The city also has a lower cost of living than London, which means salaries stretch further and housing is more affordable. You can enjoy the perks of city life, even in your first few years of employment.
Some of the UK’s biggest and best-known companies are based in Manchester, such as The Co-operative Group and Kellogg, and the BBC are currently relocating much of their workforce to nearby Salford. Every large company has a human resources department, where entry-level jobs include payroll administrator and HR advisor. There is the potential to move into a more senior position, such as HR manager or head of HR.
Salaries in Manchester are lower on average than London, but higher than elsewhere in the north of England. For those with the relevant skills and experience HR can be a financially rewarding job. An entry-level job, requiring basic admin and communicative skills, typically pays around £16,000 per year, while a highly qualified HR professional can earn £45,000 in a senior role. Companies often use recruitment agencies to find staff for vacancies at all levels, in order to ensure they meet the most suitable candidates for the role.