Is HR recruitment on the upswing?
While HR staff were fundamental in helping businesses restructure during the nadir of the recession between late 2008 and early 2009, the HR industry certainly wasn’t immune to headcount reductions. Cuts were most prevalent at senior level, where the number of managerial or directorial roles fell by nearly 44,000 (28%) between Q2 2009 and Q2 2011 according to data from the Office for National Statistics. Many of those that did keep their jobs were given more responsibilities without extra pay. However, with what’s believed to be the worst of the recession behind us, data from the ONS now suggests more than 22,500 HR jobs have been created in the last year. Although this is encouraging, most organisations are still erring on the side of caution and investing more time in the decision-making process when hiring.