The latest research from the Robert Walters UK Jobs Index has revealed that that the number of HR job vacancies in the UK has risen by 9% in the second quarter of 2017.
This increase has reached all levels of seniority with emphasis on mid-level professionals who have provided support for increases in headcount.
Despite uncertainty surrounding the General Election, many employers are still looking to increase headcount. This in turn is leading to a greater demand for HR professionals in order to manage growing staff numbers.
For mid-level roles, HR professionals that specialise in training and employee development are in high demand as businesses begin to invest in upskilling their staff to compensate for skill shortages.
“This is driving demand for HR professionals, particularly those at the junior and mid-level, to fill a mix of core functions and more strategic roles,” said Nick Allwood, HR Recruitment Manager at Robert Walters.
Impact of changing legislation
“While businesses are aware that a period of transition is approaching as Britain negotiates its exit from the EU, many are still looking to increase headcount across a range of functions."
“While businesses are aware that a period of transition is approaching as Britain negotiates its exit from the EU, many are still looking to increase headcount across a range of functions,” added Nick Allwood.
Due to impending legislative changes, businesses over a particular size will be required to publish the relative rates of pay for male and female staff.
This in turn will drive demand for HR professionals who specialise in compensation as businesses look to ensure compliance throughout.
“Developing systems to ensure compliance with the upcoming pay equality legislation is a growing priority for businesses, and in many cases, this will require a mixture of permanent and short term contract staff to be high in demand.” continued Nick Allwood.
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