A Head for Business, a Heart for People

Proudly Serving Customers from Reading to Swindon, Bath to Bristol, and throughout the UK

How our HR consultancy works

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We work flexibly and can offer a number of options depending on your needs. This may be on a retained basis providing you with access to regular support and prompt employment advice tailored to your business and its people, or occasional advice only when a difficult case arises. Alternatively we can operate on a fixed price basis for a set of employment documentation.

Free consultations

The initial consultation is provided free of charge. As a result of this discussion, you will be given an estimate of the cost of the services you require.

An HR policy and process health check are provided free of charge to review what is happening at the moment in your organisation and identify any priority areas for change.

Retained contracts

A retained contract allows you and your managers to access expert employment advice tailored to your business whenever you need it, without incurring costs every time you pick up the phone. A set monthly fee is agreed on an individual basis depending on the size and nature of your employee group, and your requirements from an HR service.

Retained clients receive their own contract of employment templates, a tailored employee handbook, automatic updates, appraisal forms, guidance notes, and on-call HR advice. We also spend time getting to know your business and its people in order to add more value and advise you on the implications of legal changes.

To free you and your managers up from the detail, we explain complex rights such as shared parental leave direct to individual employees and calculate everyone’s holiday entitlements including part-timers and zero-hour contracts.

Pre-set fees

To help clients with budgeting, we pre-agree a fixed price for completing everything within a set piece of work, for example:

  • A start- up bundle of contracts of employment for all your employees, tailored to each individual and to your company, plus minimum written policies – £150
  • A recruitment bundle for developing the person specification, selecting the best advertising media, writing the advert, screening CVs, and telephone shortlisting – £200
  • An employee handbook with policies tailored to your culture, targeted to your workforce, and keeping you legally compliant, plus updates when the law changes – £300

Ad hoc consultation

If you require advice and support just for specific issues when the need arises, like a one-off employment problem, we charge you for consultation time at the rate of £70 an hour.

Full day work

Some clients use our service to have an HR consultant in their workplace a set number of days a month. Others use us for in-depth work such as running employee focus groups, skills training for managers or investigating an employee complaint. The usual day rate is £500, but this may vary depending on your requirements.

Insurance and professional conduct

The Human Resource is backed by professional indemnity insurance and we work within the CIPD’s code of professional conduct.


The Human Resource works with several carefully selected trusted partners to support its clients with various aspects of their business, including:


  • Payroll

  • Bookkeeping and Tax Returns

  • Pensions

  • Recruitment

  • Employment Law Solicitor

  • Health and Safety

  • Management Development, Coaching, and Team Building

CONTACT US on 01249 811506 or ENQUIRIES@THEHR.CO.UK to discuss the advice and support you need.

Advising clients from Reading to Swindon, Bath to Bristol, and throughout the UK