Human resources jobs have increased by 5% since this time last year, according to our latest UK job index, as businesses loosen controls over cost saving measures and increase their focus on developing their internal resources.
This rise in advertised HR vacancies has been driven by a combination of factors, including enhanced market confidence and continued economic growth. HR functions are now shifting their focus from cost reduction and consolidation to employee attraction, hiring process optimization, engagement and retention.
UK Hiring trends
London-based employers have proven the most active hirers across the year, with vacancies up 5% on 2013 levels. However, activity is building in the regions as well, with job numbers rising by 18% in the North West between the first and second quarters of this year.
“These results underscore a shift from cost control to attracting and retaining the right staff to help take the business forward. As a result, we have seen a marked increase in demand for HR staff responsible for internal recruitment and talent management,” says Colin Loth, Director of Human Resources Recruitment at Robert Walters.
Skills in demand
The standout areas of demand have been for direct hire recruiters and HR MI/Analytics specialists, a reflection of the growing number of roles being created by employers in the financial and professional services sectors.
Project managers specialising in HR systems implementation have also been particularly sought after in recent months, as have compensation regulatory specialists, many who are expecting to command above average salaries.
Employers are increasingly aware of the need to interpret and model sophisticated technical data to understand HR trends affecting the business.
There has been a notable skills gap for data and systems experience which is largely driven by the exponential growth in technology, MI and analytics, all of which have become ever more central to human resources. As a result, we expect companies to increase their investment in up-skilling their current staff in these areas, in order to overcome this.
“Employers are increasingly aware of the need to interpret and model sophisticated technical data to understand HR trends affecting the business. Those that can bridge the gap between HR and IT, such as MI analytics experts, are therefore widely sought after,” says Loth.
About the UK Job Index
The Robert Walters UK Job Index tracks job advertisement volumes over leading job boards across the UK in sectors such as accounting, banking, marketing, sales and procurement and supply chain.
Released on a quarterly basis, the report provides an indicative summary of recruitment activity being experienced across major national markets as well as key industry comparisons.
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