So what is a HR Generalist?

October 23, 2014

A HR Generalist is someone who will touch upon all different areas of HR, gaining extensive knowledge of the full HR remit but not specialising in any particular field. As such, their role may encompass (to varying degrees) dealing with Employee Relations (ER), Recruitment, Learning & Development (L&D), Organisational Effectiveness/Change Management, and Reward.

Would a career as a HR Generalist suit me?
Do you enjoy  helping people? Are you highly organised? If so, a career as HR Generalist may be for you!
What is a typical career path for HR Generalists?

HR Administrator
HR Advisor
HR Manager / HR Business Partner
Head of HR / HR Director
HR Administrator Salary Range: £20,000 – 35,000

Responsibilities could include:

L&D – booking rooms for courses/events
Recruitment – organising diaries, booking rooms, offers of employment
Reward – payroll and/or benefits administration
Systems – database management

Download a typical HR Administrator Job Description

HR Advisor Salary Range: £30,000 – 45,000

Responsibilities could include:

  • Employee Relations – conducting grievances and disciplinaries
  • Recruitment – carrying out interviews, liaising with managers and agencies
  • Reward – assisting with salary surveys, benchmarking
  • Policies/Procedures – updating and changing policies accordingly
HR Manager / HR Business Partner Salary Range: £45,000 – 65,000

Responsibilities could include:

  • Managing the team and handling senior level HR issues
  • Involvement in both operational and strategic HR
  • Partnering with the business to identify problems and issues, and design HR strategy to combat these
Head of HR / HR Director Salary Range: £80,000 – 250,000

Responsibilities could include:

  • Dependent on the size of the organisation/team, this individual’s role may include some operational duties however, will be heavily strategy-oriented. They will have total ownership of the organisation’s HR strategy and directing things at the highest level