What’s hot and what’s not: HR salaries and sought-after skills in 2012

by Stephanie Zillman25 Jul 2012

Growth of HR jobs continues to forge ahead and in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, the hiring of HR professionals increased over the last quarter, according to a new report.

Organisations were seeking HR professionals who could offer high level strategic input, increase employee engagement levels, help improve productivity and reduce costs, the latest HR Job Market Update from recruitment consultancy Robert Walters found. For HR professionals seeking a change, hiring looks set to remain strong going forward. “Hiring is expected to increase in some areas in quarter three, particularly in the resources and energy sector. The new financial year should see the release of new budgets, so we expect to see a rebuild of teams,” Mary Darke from Robert Walters said.

The update also found that the approval of a number of oil and gas projects increased job activity across all levels of health and safety, as well as for generalist and specialist HR roles. For this reason, health and safety professionals were highly sought after and organisations continue to seek HR candidates with tertiary qualifications, a minimum three years relevant experience and a real focus on behavioural change and safety culture. Those health and safety professionals with specific experience in the oil and gas, construction and heavy manufacturing sectors were able to command premium salaries.

Other trends in HR hiring included:

  • An increase in demand for HR professionals with strong industrial relations skills to service the heavy services industry.
  • Strong senior level HR Managers were the most in demand professionals and hardest to source.
  • Organisations are especially seeking HR professionals who could offer high level strategic input namely in the way of increasing employee engagement levels, improving productivity and saving costs.

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The following tables from Robert Walters display the latest salary data:



  • by HR person in Perth 26/07/2012 11:02:44 AM

    Would be good to see Perth figures reflected also....

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