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
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