According to new research, the number of companies looking to hire HR specialists in the UK has increased moderately.
According to new data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies, demand for human resources specialists in the United Kingdom and Wales continues to rise.
Vacancies for these positions increased by nearly a fifth between the first and second quarters of this year (18.7 per cent).
Furthermore, total hiring levels for 2021 have already surpassed those of 2020 by a quarter (23.2%), with the current monthly average (2,452 roles) more than doubling last year’s (1,162).
This is thought to be related to the lifting of lockdown restrictions in July, which has resulted in a slight recovery in the labor market.
The data also revealed that recruitment specialists are the most sought-after professionals, with 6,081 jobs posted so far this year representing 69.8 percent more than the total for 2020.
Once again, the popularity of this job role has been attributed to employers seeking employees who can manage their talent attraction strategies. This comes at a time when job vacancies are increasing at an alarming rate, with the number of jobs on the market now exceeding the number of jobs available prior to the pandemic.
Ann Swain, CEO of APSCo comments:
Our data clearly shows that employers in England & Wales are well on the road to recovery with demand for HR professionals continuing on an upward trajectory.
And with businesses not only hiring again as the economy has opened up, but also contending with some of the worst talent shortages in years, it is easy to see why recruitment specialists are in such demand. As we progress throughout the next few months, we expect to see the market for HR professionals continue to perform exceptionally well.