Gold winner: The Next Step
Silver winner: Peoplecorp
Bronze Winner: Frazer Jones

Given the background of most of our voters, the HR category is perhaps the most highly prized in this survey.

It’s appropriate that Gold winner The Next Step produces its own HR Job Index, a monthly analysis of the HR job market. Several trends are apparent, reports John Baker, managing director at The Next Step.

Firstly, HR generalists have remained in demand, but many roles are now being offered on a contract basis. Contract roles made up over one third of all opportunities in HR in 2016. Opportunities for talent acquisition professionals now make up one in fi ve of all roles in HR. Analytics specialists and experienced reward professionals are also in demand.

“The issue for most employers when they try to recruit in the HR market is not so much quantity of candidates, but finding people with the right mix of experience and capability for their unique requirements,” says Baker.

The Next Step has developed a suite of programs that focus on the assessment and development of the commercial capability of HR practitioners in a wide range of areas such as business partnering, financial decision-making and coaching. The Next Step publishes articles and blog posts to share its views online, and hosts larger events to bring leading HR thinking from practitioners in business to a larger audience.

One reader agrees that The Next Step goes above and beyond: “I’m working with Next Step to recruit our HR team. The professionalism and market knowledge was incredible and the quality of hires has been exceptional.”

Bronze winner Frazer Jones did not miss out on praise either: “I vote for Frazer Jones and their ability to fi ll roles quickly with high quality candidates who exactly nail the brief.”

Another wrote: “Ciaran Foley [head of Frazer Jones Australia] is a career coach, not just a consultant. He cares more around right fit between job and person, not just the placement fee.”