What it takes to get to the top- the qualifications of HR directorsOn 24 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. HR directors in the UK tend to beless well educated than many of their peers in Europe, and the proportion withdegrees has fallen over the past decade. In the UK, almostseven out of 10 HR board directors have a degree, and even though it is stillperfectly acceptable not to have an academic degree, the proportion ofnon-university educated HR directors has fallen since 1992. In France and Spainit is virtually unheard of to have a board level HR director without a university degree.Educationalbackgrounds in Europe are notoriously different and this is reflected in thedifferences in the educational levels of HR directors. In some countries, humanresources management is a specialist degree at university level; in others itis a sub-section of psychology, integrated in pedagogy or seen as the remit oflegal studies. And in others yet again human resources management is notprimarily an academic qualification, but mainly the subject of professionaldiplomas. In the Netherlands andSwitzerland, for example, human resources management has a well-respectedstructure of vocational qualifications and academic post holders are in aminority. Differences are alsovisible in the subject of studies for those who have been to university. In theUK, the most common subject for degree holders is business studies, but socialscience or arts and humanity degrees are almost as frequently held. Unlike the common perceptionof a legalistic personnel profession in Germany, the majority of German HRdirectors have business degrees, as do their colleagues in Austria, Denmark,Norway and Ireland. Yet the legaltradition is still alive and kicking in many European countries. More than afifth of HR directors in Austria, France, Portugal and the Netherlands havecome to HR via a law degree. Related posts:No related photos.