“What’s the going rate for an HR professional these days?”

A question many business leaders face when hiring or promoting HR staff.

For small and medium sized business, it can be challenging to get this figure right, especially if it’s your first HR hire and you’ve got nothing to compare to.

You might be unsure of the tools and resources that offer salary insight? Or perhaps you’re feeling overwhelmed by the volume of information and feel unenthused about diving in…? After all, your time is precious and you don’t have the bandwidth (or inclination) to wade through long PDFs and benchmarking tables.

You need an accurate answer to your question, quickly.

(… ideally without having to provide your email address and personal salary info, whilst signing up to a newsletter that’s guaranteed to ‘add value’ ? ). 

You want to:

  • Understand the market rate for hiring HR professionals
  • Ensure your HR staff are paid what they’re worth
  • Ensure your salary packages are competitive and are attracting the best candidates

HR Salary Guides UK

To protect your time, we’ve reviewed 7 UK HR salary guides and given them a star rating from 0-5.

Peeq’s ratings reflect how HR specific the information is and how quickly you are able to extract some relevant data.

The HR Salary Guides Reviewed:

  1. LinkedIn – Salary
  2. Glassdoor – Discover Salaries
  3. Indeed – Find Salaries
  4. Morgan McKinley – UK Salary Guide Calculator 2021
  5. Reed – Salary Guide 2021
  6. Michael Page – Salary & Skills Guide for human resources 2021
  7. Robert Half – HR & Business Administration – Hiring Trends and Average Salaries

Which 2021 HR Salary Guide Should I Use? 

For each salary guide we have included a ‘live example’ to benchmark the average salary of an ‘HR Manager in London’ to illustrate how the banding will vary from guide to guide.

1. LinkedIn – Salary

⭐  Peeq’s recommended tool

REGISTRATION

REQUIRED?

Yes

PERSONAL SALARY INFO REQUIRED?

Yes

FORMAT:

Interactive webpage

REGIONAL BREAKDOWN:

Yes

HR ROLE SEGMENTATION:

Yes

NO. OF PAGES:

NA

LIVE EXAMPLE: (HR Manager | London)

£45,000 (median average)

COMMENTS:

  • Comprehensive salary overviews

  • Customisable job title searches

  • Option to drill down by years experience

  • Low, median and high ranges provided 

  • Bonus packages taken into account

  • Salary variations across industries provided

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2. Glassdoor – Discover Salaries

REGISTRATION

REQUIRED?

Yes

PERSONAL SALARY INFO REQUIRED?

Yes

FORMAT:

Interactive webpage

REGIONAL BREAKDOWN:

Yes

HR ROLE SEGMENTATION:

Yes

NO. OF PAGES:

NA

LIVE EXAMPLE: (HR Manager | London)

£49,359 (mean average)

COMMENTS:

  • Very comprehensive data pool being analysed

  • Salaries for 'Related Job Titles' provided plus live vacancy links

  • Low average and high data provided for each search

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3. Indeed – Find Salaries

REGISTRATION

REQUIRED?

No

PERSONAL SALARY INFO REQUIRED?

No

FORMAT:

Interactive webpage

REGIONAL BREAKDOWN:

Yes

HR ROLE SEGMENTATION:

Yes

NO. OF PAGES:

NA

LIVE EXAMPLE: (HR Manager | London)

£49,486 (mean average)

COMMENTS:

  • Salary breakdowns provided for different geographic regions

  • Similar roles and their salaries provided

  • Numerous HR job titles to search 

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4. Morgan McKinley – UK Salary Guide Calculator 2021

REGISTRATION

REQUIRED?

No

PERSONAL SALARY INFO REQUIRED?

No

FORMAT:

Interactive webpage

REGIONAL BREAKDOWN:


Yes

HR ROLE SEGMENTATION:

Yes

NO. OF PAGES:

NA

LIVE EXAMPLE: (HR Manager | London)

£65,000 (mid-point of band)

COMMENTS:

  • Option to segment between salary and day rate

  • Years of experience taken into account with salary benchmarking

  • 15 HR role types examined

  • Some segmentation across three core regions (London | Home Counties | South West)

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5. Reed – Salary Guide 2021

REGISTRATION

REQUIRED?

Yes

PERSONAL SALARY INFO REQUIRED?

No

FORMAT:

Downloadable PDF

REGIONAL BREAKDOWN:

Yes

HR ROLE SEGMENTATION:

Yes

NO. OF PAGES:

35

LIVE EXAMPLE: (HR Manager | London)

£57,100 (mean average)

COMMENTS:

  • Fairly comprehensive overview of salaries (average, low and high) in key UK regions with comparisons to previous two years plus a projection of 2022’s salary expectations

  • Comprehensive role segmentation (17 HR job types explored)

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6. Michael Page – Salary & Skills Guide for human resources 2021


REGISTRATION

REQUIRED?

Yes

PERSONAL SALARY INFO REQUIRED?

No

FORMAT:

Downloadable PDF

REGIONAL BREAKDOWN:

Yes

HR ROLE SEGMENTATION:

Yes

NO. OF PAGES:

9

LIVE EXAMPLE: (HR Manager | London)

£65,000 (median average)

COMMENTS:


  • Some segmentation across three core regions (London | Home Counties | North, Yorkshire & Midlands)

  • 19 HR role types examined 

  • Low, median and high salaries are provided for each region and role type

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7. Robert Half – HR & Business Administration – Hiring Trends and Average Salaries

REGISTRATION

REQUIRED?

Yes

PERSONAL SALARY INFO REQUIRED?

No

FORMAT:

Downloadable PDF

REGIONAL BREAKDOWN:

No

HR ROLE SEGMENTATION:

Yes

NO. OF PAGES:

48

LIVE EXAMPLE: (HR Manager | London)

£56,875 (median average)

COMMENTS:

  • The guide covers all types of recruitment (e.g. accounting, technology and digital etc), so whilst very comprehensive, it doesn't offer huge detail on HR specifically (when compared to the other tools explored)

  • 7 HR role types examined. However no regional breakdown provided.

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All 7 of these HR salary guides offer value in different ways. However, whilst many large recruitment agencies attempt to provide their own salary benchmarking data, the big names in our industry really seem to be the authority on ‘what to pay’ (LinkedIn, Glassdoor and Indeed). This is due to the vast amount of relevant data being constantly collected on numerous role types and locations. In our opinion, it makes these outlets the most reliable starting point for salary determination.

However, whilst a salary guide is useful, it should never be used in isolation. There are numerous contributing factors that relate to determining a salary such as location, years experience, industry, availability of talent, existing internal pay structure and other external economic influences.

It’s important to consider all these factors when determining pay. This is where a search partner or specialist HR recruitment agency can offer great value on providing some additional context to help inform your thinking.

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