HR generalists in demand

by 10 Jul 2007

Regular job movement is leading to increasing demand for HR generalists, according to Hays Specialist Recruitment.

With many organisations looking to strengthen their HR functions, generalists are in demand, and some organisations are turning to contractors to cover generalist roles. The trend towards focusing on attraction and retention as a way to beat the skills shortage is also fuelling demand for recruitment, learning and development and organisational development professionals, Hays said.

Meanwhile, with organisations increasingly looking to get high levels of performance and effectiveness from their staff, contract-based change management specialists are in demand.

Candidate shortages are also prevalent in organisational development, training, capability development, remuneration and benefits, change management and occupational health and safety, largely due to employers seeking specific academic qualifications and experience.

Due to the shortage of skilled HR professionals, companies are increasingly adapting their strategies. For example, Hays reported that firms employing HR generalist contractors on 12 month contracts are often offering permanent roles following their contract assignments. Offering a compressed working week of 4.5 days (38 hours) is also a proven attraction strategy.

Hays added that now is the time to plan your career development for the coming five years, as savvy HR professionals can take advantage of the current environment.


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