Increased Demand for HR Professionals

Demand for HR professionals rose 4% year on year to March 2017 according to the latest data from The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo). The number of vacancies for recruitment specialists within this group increased by 12% over the same period.

The pivotal month for the period was March 2017, which saw a 9% increase when compared to March 2016. The top sectors for HR openings over the past year were advertising and media, with vacancy growth of 34% and 33% respectively.

HR management is growing at a rate of 13%, which is about the same rate as all other occupations in the country. This represents 13,600 new openings between 2010 and 2020.

Unusually Human Resources Average Salary – UK Average salary sits at £39,277 which according to is down £582 more than last year, with the number of jobs n their site listed at 3,928 down 260 less than last year
meanwhile, the Organisational Development salaries in UK are up over £12,760 more than 2016.

The data on the increase for HR professional was based on analytics provided by Vacancysoft, found that Greater London, unsurprisingly, continues to be home to the lion’s share of HR vacancies, with almost half (43%) of the country’s roles based in this region. However, this represents a slight contraction of 1% year-on-year, while others areas such as the West Midlands and the South East have experienced an increase in demand (14% and 11% respectively).

Ann Swain, chief executive of APSCo, commented on the report saying;

“The fact that demand for HR professionals has increased year-on-year is unsurprising when you consider the current level of wider geopolitical uncertainty. The ability for a business to thrive in a post-Brexit world relies on it being able to attract and retain vital skills. Potential legislative changes associated with the UK’s exit from the European Union, and indeed a new Government, mean that organisations are bringing on board expertise in this area to ensure they are prepared for, and resilient to, change.

“It is also no shock that demand for recruitment specialists is outstripping general HR vacancies. According to the latest APSCo Deloitte Recruitment Index, 61% of recruitment leaders say their greatest challenge is growing headcount. It is ironic that organisations are finding it increasingly challenging to recruit recruiters – and something which APSCo is working hard to rectify.”


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