Reward specialists in demand post-recession
The role of head of reward is always very popular, but has been significantly more so post-recession. As general pay levels across the board have been fairly static recently, businesses have had to become more creative about how they reward their people - which has made this an interesting area to work in. And as reward specialists with these skills have become more valued, their pay has increased.
One common myth about reward is that it's a backroom, non-client facing role where you’ll just be dealing with technical systems. This is not the case at all, as reward specialists are viewed as integral part of HR and the business as a whole. Consequently, reward specialists need good communication and ‘soft’ skills as well as a strong numeric ability. They also need to show a real flair for the more technical aspects of HR, with strong excel and HR systems knowledge.