Industrial Relations And Labour Laws
Raj Kumar Hansdah
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Sr. Hr Executive @ Polymerupdate
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Generally, Manufacturing HR people getting low salary than IT sector HR people. As per my view, both the people are doing same kind of activities only. which are all the factors are differentiated the salary among the both groups.

From India, Chennai
Dear Kumar
Yours is a very good and pertinent question.
It is true that HR in IT sectors are paid more than those in manufacturing and one reason is the general industry trends and compensation practice in IT industry. People in IT sectors are better paid; and hence their HRs too.
However, in terms of occupational hazards and hardships; I tend to think that the work life of a Manufacturing HR is much more tedious and demanding,
They have to deal with :
-- less educated employees
-- the trade unions, some of whom can be extremely militant
-- rigorous compliance of labour laws
-- hazardous working environment
-- less "hygiene" factors at work and physical hardships
It would be interesting to know the opinion of the HRs in both the sector.
Warm regards.

From India, Delhi
Raj Kumar ji has given great insight by sharing how HR in manufacturing firms have slightly different role than the one in IT industry.

Mr. Govind sums it up well - the ability to pay.

I would like to just point out the differences further -

In manufacturing firms, IR is more important than HR (as is explained by Raj Kumar ji)

You have labors working, there would be unions, there would be added efforts to communicate and negotiate with them, change management would be very different etc.

Though when we do MBA we are given an introduction to the IR as a small subject as a part of the curriculum but compared to the vast information given in HR, IR is I felt just touched upon.

More so, IR is more into knowing the laws and how to deal with blue collared people than having the gyaan of HR. So the experience matters more here.

Secondly as rightly said by Mr. Govind, IT companies are way ahead than manufacturing companies when it comes to profit generation and hence distribution.

Again I would like to mention that the said difference is not limited to the HR department only, if you would compare the payscale of say the CEO of the company, there would be difference in more or less same or similar ratio.

Usually the pay-scale differs from industry to industry because of several factors.

Also note that when we are paying there is a specific ratio to be kept between the designations that are prevailed in your firm. I mean we cannot have the HR head and the Marketing head have huge difference in their pay scale. They might not get the same and obviously there would be varioations but not very huge and very obvious.

Hope it helped.

From India, Mumbai
IT industry believes in more HR theories and lots of jargon many of which do not basically satisfies the end employees. I think almost 99% of It forms are "employee friendly" in its websites but are not at all friendly. With capacity to pay, the IT companies happen to hire those who are flexible to the decisions of the management. In manufacturing companies which are more IR focused, HR is not expected to be a mouthpiece of management but rather than a link between employees and employer and inorder to make the things happen he has to tune up labour laws with the principles of management. Ironically, I would say that in IT companies HRs get more pay just because they have to do a lot of termination rather than building employee relations!!!
Sorry if anybody is hurt.

From India, Kannur
Again as I told you the capacity to pay.
Ok lets go basic.
For an IT firm, not much investment is needed. They can start with basic things. All they need is an office, few people who can code in, few computers. Some resources can be shared like routers etc.
As against investment ina manufacturing firm is more -
They need bigger plot
They need huge manufacturing machines
They need raw materials (enough to keep the process on even if there's a short supply in the market)
They need to do regular maintenance so that the machine don't break down.
They need to purchase new machines if the old one has weared out or if better efficiency is given with newer versions in the market.
Salary disbursement also depends on the kind of profit the firm makes.
The income that IT firm earns against the income a manufacturing firm earns, has very huge difference.
I hope I was able to clear the query

From India, Mumbai
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