HR – Human Resources Consultant London
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Elizabeth Babafemi (www.emds-hrconsulting.com)
London HR Consultants – Hertfordshire UK Consultants
What does your HR Consultant DO?
Human resources consultants provide a variety of general and specific advice to businesses, allowing you to develop a career as a generalist or a specialist, depending on your interests. Offering more services might land your more client work, while specializing in one or a few areas can land higher-paying contracts.
Generalists vs. Specialists
HR generalists help businesses with a wide variety of personnel needs, handling projects themselves or hiring and managing other HR specialists for individual projects. The areas of HR consulting a generalist might oversee include areas such as recruitment, hiring, background and reference checks, payroll administration, benefits and compensation planning, health and safety and legal compliance. A specialist works in one or more of these areas, bringing an in-depth expertise of the area.
Some HR consultants focus on helping companies recruit and hire the best candidates within the client’s budget. Recruiters use a variety of practices for talent searching, including using proprietary databases, reviewing potential internal candidates, searching social media sites such as LinkedIn and posting positions on job boards that specialize in specific industries and professions. These consultants work with the client from the initial meeting through the final hiring, with the process including advertising the job, screening applicants, conducting interviews, doing background checks, recommending compensation packages and making the offer.
Training and Development
Helping companies improve their workers requires ongoing training and development. This can include on-site, job-specific skill training, or development in areas such as communications, time management, customer service, computer knowledge and leadership skills. HR consultants provide seminars and workshops, helping businesses develop succession plans to ensure they have qualified internal candidates to replace those who leave.
Benefits and Compensation
Another area of HR specialization is benefits and compensation, sometimes known as total rewards. Total rewards include base pay, benefits, commissions, salaries, perks, rewards, awards programs and morale initiatives. An HR consultant helps businesses maximize their personnel budgets by determining which positions should be filled by employees and what functions should be outsourced. The consultant then reviews industry pay scales for these positions. Some HR consultants offer payroll services, working with benefits providers and client finance departments.
Health and Safety
Healthy workers are more productive and incur lower health care and insurance costs for employers. Health, safety, security and wellness all play a role in maintaining the most productive workforce, and HR consultants advise clients in these areas.