Industrial Relations And Labour Laws
Raj Kumar Hansdah
Shrm, Od, Hrd, Pms
Sr. Hr Executive @ Polymerupdate
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.
23rd April 2013 From India, Delhi
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.
23rd April 2013 From India, Mumbai
Sorry if anybody is hurt.
23rd April 2013 From India, Kannur
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
24th April 2013 From India, Mumbai