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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.
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