How much do HR professionals charge? Discover the highest paid profiles in 2020 in the people management industry

III Professional Spring Guide to the Labor Market. Human ressources

How much do HR professionals charge? Discover the highest paid profiles in 2020 in the people management industry

COVID-19 has hit the entire business fabric very hard and only 29.5% of companies plan to recruit new hires in 2020. This represents a reduction of 60.8% from the number of organizations planning to increase their models a few months earlier, in February this year, when the figure was 75.4%. As a result of this situation, 26% of human resources professionals were affected by ERTE. One of the areas of HR that has been damaged the most is recruitment, followed by training and development; and labor relations.

These are some of the conclusions drawn from the III Professional Spring Guide to the 2020 Labor Market, the only guide that collects the impact of COVID-19 on the Spanish labor market.

The crisis caused by the coronavirus has also forced a change in the functioning of human resources departments, which have assumed a more important role in the daily management of companies. The situation gave them the opportunity to try new tools to facilitate remote working, maintain internal communication or manage daily tasks such as recording hours or payroll. In the medium term, it is expected that their work will also be decisive in the processes of requalification and upgrading of skills that companies must adopt quickly to train their employees in innovations in their sector and in new ways of working with them. AI and virtual reality technologies.

The present and future of the HR sector

The job offer and salaries in human resources remained stable in 2019, following the ascending line of previous years, as we have already indicated in the first and second edition of the Spring Guide to the Market. work. The sector continues to move towards greater professionalization of its services in search of greater recognition as a key element of business development.

The main challenge facing professionals in this sector is to achieve a more dynamic management of teams, by developing the internal resources of organizations and by proposing new formulas to find and retain the talents that companies are looking for, particularly for positions. that require difficult to find digital skills and techniques.

On the other hand, the new technologies used to identify and assess candidates and to assess their compatibility with positions (People Analytics) use large amounts of data, which leads to the need for transversal profiles with knowledge in Big Data. and machine learning applied to human resources.

Remuneration in the HR sector

The profiles of HR Business Partner and HR Director are the best paid in Spain in 2020. In the case of the former, you can earn 59,763 euros gross per year on average and reach 66,836 euros per year if you exceed ten years of experience, while the latter can reach 57,400 euros per year on average and 63,714 euros with a decade of experience. They are closely followed by the position of Head of Compensation and Social Benefits, with an average salary of 56,800 euros per year.

With salaries that can reach around 40,000 euros per year, there are profiles such as the selection manager, the training and development manager and the occupational risk prevention manager.

In the next step, which can receive a salary of more than 30,000 euros gross per year, there are positions such as head of personnel administration, head of human resources of the industrial plant and head of labor relations, the latter being the most requested profile in the sector.

Below, the detail of the most important professions in the field of human resources:


He is in charge of the intermediation between internal clients and the HR department, helping them to achieve the company’s commercial strategy. Therefore, he must have a great knowledge of the company and, in turn, must also know the strategies of the company, the internal policies of each area and the procedures that are carried out, aligning the actions of each department with the objectives of the human resources department. With this global knowledge of the company, it can provide improvement actions in each department and solutions to achieve the objectives.

This is the best paid position in the sector, with a salary that amounts to 59,763 euros per year on average and reaches 66,836 euros per year if it exceeds ten years of experience.

68% of the job offer is concentrated in Catalonia. The Community of Madrid agglutinates 12% and in third position are the Valencian Community and the Basque Country, both with 8% of the total.


He is responsible for the department in charge of recruiting and selecting candidates, training new talents, managing company personnel, mediating between employees and bosses, as well as workers’ health. / as. The sudden changes brought on by the pandemic have increased its relevance in business. This is the second highest paid position, with an average salary of 57,380 euros and reaches 63,714 euros with experience.

The Autonomous Communities which posted the most vacancies for this profile are Catalonia (28%), the Community of Madrid (25%) and Andalusia (24%).


He is in charge of the company’s compensation policy: definition and implementation of compensation procedures and social benefits that the company will use. It analyzes the salaries that must correspond to each position, the promotion options that can be offered to employees and the different possibilities of flexible remuneration and their correct implementation.

It also offers new forms of remuneration and distribution of benefits, designs employee exit and retirement plans, manages expatriates and insurance policies for employees. He has an average salary of around 56,841 euros and rises to 65,523 euros if his experience exceeds ten years.

In the last two years, only vacancies for this position have been published in Catalonia. This profile does not even represent 1% of the offer published in our country.


Implement the recruitment policy that the company will follow in all its phases: from initial prospecting to the selection of candidates and the integration process into the company. Coordinate with those in charge of other areas of the company the description of the profiles to be selected for the organization. He also investigates the labor market and contacts the various work intermediaries that these candidates can provide. The average salary is 42,323 euros, reaching 50,000 with experience.

50% of the vacancies for this position are published in Catalonia and 37% in the Community of Madrid.


Define the company’s training plan and monitor its compliance. It identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the company’s workforce, and the training and development needs of each employee, prepares content programs, defines the most appropriate way to teach them according to the proposed objectives (seminars, workshops , courses …) and to the people most able to carry out this training. They have an average salary of 41,050 euros and 48,236 euros if they exceed ten years in this position.

Andalusia, Catalonia, the Community of Madrid, the Basque Country and Galicia are the regions that publish the most jobs for this position


It implements and executes policies and regulations in terms of occupational risk prevention. It ensures that all the rules guaranteeing the well-being of the employees are respected, and for this, you must know in depth the legislation on the prevention of risks and what is its practical application in your sector. Designs basic training plans for workers, performs risk assessments, monitors compliance with programs; and monitors and monitors the health of the entire workforce and the performance of prevention services. He has an average salary of 39,887 euros, up to 55,400 euros with a decade of experience.

The Basque Country is the one with the most job vacancies for this position with 27%, followed by Catalonia with 24%, the Community of Madrid (18%) and the Valencian Community (12%).


In charge of legal aspects related to the hiring of staff, social security and payroll. He implements compensation and incentive policies, advises on labor legislation within the company and is also responsible for updating agreements and all administrative labor management. Usually reports to the Director of Human Resources. The average salary is around 36,496 euros, reaching 40,000 euros if they have been in this profession for more than ten years.

The regions that publish the most vacancies for this post are the Community of Madrid, Catalonia, the Basque Country and Andalusia, as they together represent 94% of the vacancies.


It is responsible for informing employees of the company’s labor regulations. Designs performance appraisal documents, describing each position and establishes employee training programs In addition, he leads the transformation and change processes at the resource level within the company, detects possible improvements in each area and implements them with the heads of each department. The average remuneration is 33,800 euros per year.

The Basque Country leads the posted vacancies, 52%, Catalonia is second in job creation, 30%, and the Valencian Community third, with 12%.


Ensures that the company complies with current legal labor regulations, represents the company in collective negotiations and dialogue with workers’ and union representatives; and in the management of any dispute (collective disputes, disciplinary dismissals, relocation of employees). In addition, he provides employment advice on international mobility (travel, expatriates) and coordinates the defense of the interests of the company before courts and official bodies in the social field. This is the most requested profile in the Human Resources sector, with 21.3% of jobs, and an average salary of 26,089 euros, but if they have been in this profession for more than a decade, they can earn up to at 39,884 euros.

More than 50% of the vacancies for this position are found in the Community of Madrid, followed by Catalonia, with 26%.

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