I am led to believe that the clerks in my unit have now changed from clerks to 'HR Specialists'. Now I do not really mind what people call themselves but I think this a bit misleading. The Q in my place is a nice bloke but I was trying to converse with him this morning about employment law - he looked a bit confused. I got a similar response when I asked him his responsibilities as far as recruitment and training policies were concerned and of course conflict management. When I asked what level of CIPD he and his clerks had achieved, again I got a blank stare. So what aspect of HR do these 'specialists' actually perform? I don't really stare at the Q or his clerk but both just seem to file, update the nominal role, make coffee and collect the post.