HR resignations on the rise

by 16 Nov 2009

The harsh reality of making people redundant during the recession has caused a number of HR professionals to “cut and run” from their jobs, research has revealed.

One-third of HR professionals leaving their jobs in the UK in the past year have done so out of choice, rather than being made redundant, according to the Celre HR Salary Survey 2009-10, published by XpertHR.

Of the total 15.1 per cent labour turnover across the HR sector, the number of staff resigning has risen to 5.2 per cent this year, up from 4.5 per cent in 2008.

Report author Mark Crail, head of benchmarking and data services at XpertHR, said labour turnover in the HR sector was at its highest level since 2004. “Redundancies and retirements are both up, as you would expect in a recession. But resignations have also increased, which is quite unexpected. Usually when times are tough, people who have a job tend to sit tight.”

Gordon Barker, director of consulting at retention firm TalentDrain, told HR Leader’s sister publicationPersonnel Today that HR staff, many of whom have been faced with making job cuts and tough decisions during 2009, could have been put off a long-term career in the profession.

“Workers from any sector will use the recession to look at the bigger picture and consider their options,” he said. “HR staff may be thinking now is a good time to cut and run because of the unpleasant aspects of the job.”

HR professionals – the majority of whom are women – may be considering starting a family, or relocating with their partners, he added.

The Celre data is based on 130 organisations, covering 7147 HR staff.

- Louisa Peacock, Courtesy of Personnel Today


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