HR in demand – the most sought after roles

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The HR job market is continuing to strengthen, according to recruitment firm Hays, and it’s good news for those in advisory or higher up roles.

The latest Hays Human Resources Quarterly Report April-June shows there are a growing number of General Manager and Director level roles becoming available as business confidence grows.

“HR Managers and HR Business Partners are also in demand across both public and private sectors and top candidates who are actively on the market are receiving multiple offers,” the report found.
Additionally, there has been a noted growth in the number of HR administration/Coordination and entry-level advisor roles according to the report which it puts down to under-resourced HR teams looking to recruit.
Hays predicts that as demand continues to rise in the HR profession, and candidates become more selective about the opportunities they pursue, hiring managers will need to be mindful of “process efficiency in order to guarantee HR candidates remain invested and engaged in the organisation and hiring process”.
According to the findings these HR jobs are in hot demand:
HR Analysts: Are being sought at all levels as businesses look to better measure and improve employee productivity and capability.
HR Advisors: The report states there is a shortage of HR Advisors with robust experience at the $60-$75,000 salary level. “Despite there being numerous roles available, credible and mature-minded advisors with a good depth of employment relations and generalist work experience are in short supply as organisations endeavour to build their HR capabilities,” according to the report.
Organisational Development professionals: Candidates with good experience in change management and working in evolving and ambiguous environments are sought to facilitate change processes and build people capability across commercial and public sector organisations.

Industrial Relations professionals: Those professionals with a strong track record in employee industrial relations are in strong demand at present, especially those with experience in operational, unionised environments such as the construction, manufacturing and engineering sectors. Those who have led collective bargaining negotiations are particularly sought after.

Workplace health and safety: Advisors and consultants are becoming more sought after as businesses look to reduce risk and senior leaders become more aware of the personal risk implications due to changes in legislation.

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