HR (human resources) is an organization's department responsible for hiring, training and maintaining employees. These professionals create policies and ensure employees are satisfied with their job. In a small software company, HR plays a key role in the recruitment of highly qualified software professionals.
In most cases, a small software company only has one or two human resources professionals within the organization who handle all aspects of human resources. This is referred to as a human resources generalist.
Hiring, training and maintaining employees includes assisting top executives to create organizational structure and policies, developing employee incentive and benefit plans and finding resources to attract employees to the organization.
All software companies have a need to attract and maintain information technology professionals with knowledge and skills pertaining to emerging technologies. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a continuing increase for these professionals. A small software company experiences keen competition from larger organizations to attract these types of employees. HR plays a critical role in creating recruitment strategies to attract high-demand information technology professionals.
2016 Salary Information for Human Resources Managers
Human resources managers earned a median annual salary of $106,910 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, human resources managers earned a 25th percentile salary of $80,800, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $145,220, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 136,100 people were employed in the U.S. as human resources managers.