Hot HR Jobs for 2015


By Roy Maurer February 5, 2015

HR managers, recruiters, and benefits and compensation specialists are the human resources jobs in highest demand, according to Randstad’s annual hot jobs list.

Each year, the global HR services company publishes its predictions based on an analysis of economic projections and market trends. Labor market forecasts suggest the U.S. economy and job market are positioned to grow in 2015.

The Randstad research indicates that the demand for talent in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields will continue to rise. Other hot industries include health care, pharmaceuticals, finance and HR.

“Due to a number of factors, one being an increasing demand for top talent, employees’ benefits and pay packages are becoming much more complex,” Rebecca Henderson, group president of professional solutions at Randstad, said in a news release. “There is a need now, more than ever, for savvy HR managers and professionals with HRIS, compensation and benefits expertise who can build upon their company’s programs to attract the right candidates, while still being mindful of the impact on the bottom line.”

Most midsize and large companies still operate with lean HR teams, Henderson said. “For some organizations, implementing employee engagement and retention strategies has not been a top priority—until now. As hiring increases and unemployment rates drop, companies will need to successfully implement these strategies in order to retain their top performers in 2015’s candidate-driven market.”

National HR Job Market

There is an average ratio of 26 candidates for each of the 52,000 current HR job openings across the country, according to Randstad.

Other highlights of the research include the following:

  • HR jobs stay vacant for around 41 days.
  • Median salary is $63,650. “While most human resources skill sets are transferable across industries, salaries often are not,” Henderson said. “Compensation for human resources professionals is driven largely by industry, rather than company size.”
  • Active candidates are most concentrated along the East Coast, in Southern California and in the Northwest.
  • Amazon, Anthem, Deloitte, McDonald’s, Oracle and WellPoint are examples of companies currently looking to hire large numbers of HR professionals.
  • HR positions are considered to have an average level of difficulty to recruit for when compared to other positions. “It should be noted, however, that professionals and executives with specific industry experience or skill sets are generally much harder to recruit,” Henderson said.
  • Active HR manager candidates are highly concentrated in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. The national median salary for HR managers is $81,250. The supply of human resource manager candidates is somewhat high vs. the demand, making positions with this skill set easier to fill in certain locations.
  • Active recruiter candidates are located mostly in New York City, Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth. The supply of these candidates is low vs. the demand, making this position relativity hard to fill in certain locations. The national median salary for recruiters is $50,550.
  • Active compensation and benefits candidates are concentrated in New York City, Chicago and Houston. The supply of benefits and compensation specialists is high when compared to the demand, making this position relatively easy to fill in certain locations. The national median salary for comp and benefits specialists is $46,550.

Roy Maurer is an online editor/manager for SHRM.

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