HR professionals are more likely to expect a
pay decrease than an increase if they changed
job this year.
According to a recent HR market survey,
33 per cent of HR professionals said they ex
pect a salary decrease if they changed jobs
this year compared with only 11 per cent who
would expect an increase.
“We are only really seeing a willingness to
take a pay cut if the professional is changing
specialisation – for example from recruitment
to remuneration and benefits,” said Grahame
Doyle, a director with Hays.
Paul Breslin, group manager with Frazer
Jones, which conducted the survey said:
“There are a lot of candidates on the market
at the moment and employers have been able
to offer conservative salaries.”
Other reasons for professionals being pre
pared to take a pay cut have been cited as a
willingness to change specialisation and ac
ceptance of the limited opportunities available.
David Owens, managing director of HR
Partners, said that while this trend had always
been present in the market, its rise could be
attributed to limited opportunities, or people
wanting to take a role with a different focus
or scale than they had before.
According to the survey, however, expec
tations remain bullish in the HR profession
when it comes to salaries, with 71 per cent
expecting a pay increase in 2010.