Or HR manager is the increasingly common description and job title for managers specializing in the field of human resource management. In 2004, 12 per cent of managerial respondents to the UK's Workplace Employment Relations Survey had the title of human resource manager, compared with only 3 per cent of respondents to the 1998 survey. Amongst specialists responding to the survey who spent more than 50 per cent of their time on employment issues, 57 per cent were titled HR managers. There is some evidence from the survey that the HR title refers to a particular type of management role; ‘human resource managers’ are more specialized, devoting most of their time to employment issues. WERS indicates more generally that there is an increase in the incidence of specialist employment managers in UK business, that managers responsible for HR are increasingly professionally qualified and that there is an ongoing feminization of the HR profession. [See personnel manager.]
Subjects: Human Resource Management.