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Flexibility to balance work and life tops pay as a reason for staying put
HR professionals say they feel more secure in their jobs and have greater confidence in their career choice, although hiring has remained flat for human resource positions.
The Summer 2016
HR Jobs Pulse Survey Report, published by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) on July 28, reveals that fewer HR professionals are looking for new work compared with a year ago. However, those who aren't happy in their current HR positions are seeking better pay and more opportunities to advance their careers, according to randomly selected SHRM members surveyed in April.
"The vast majority of HR professionals—88 percent—expressed some confidence they could land a new position, if needed," said Alex Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, senior vice president of knowledge development at SHRM. While that figure is unchanged from last summer, it's up from 79 percent in January 2014, Alonso noted.
Although most HR professionals are content with their current positions, others are in the market for new work, the survey shows.
But more than 2 in 5 (41 percent) said they continue to work at their current organization because of flexibility to balance work and life issues.
"The findings show just how critical flexible work arrangements continue to be for retention for both HR professionals and employees overall," noted Alonso.
HR Job Openings
Fewer than 3 in 10 respondents (27 percent) said their organizations were hiring for HR positions, the same percentage as last summer but up from 20 percent in January 2014.
Just 4 percent of small companies (1-99 employees) were advertising for HR positions, while more than three-fourths (78 percent) of employers with 25,000 or more workers were hiring for HR jobs.
Generalists continued to be the most sought-after HR professionals, the same as last year.
Top HR Functions Sought by Employers(Only those whose organizations were currently hiring were asked this question)
Source: Summer 2016 HR Jobs Pulse Survey Report (SHRM)
Many HR professionals indicated they plan to improve their skills in the near future. About two-thirds said they would be focused on developing HR competencies in the next 6 to 12 months in order to advance their careers.
To achieve that goal, 66 percent of respondents plan to take classes or seminars such as those provided by a professional organization. Another 28 percent said they would obtain a professional certification.
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