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HR hiring up, but recruitment process is more elongated, says Badenoch & Clark report

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While permanent hiring is on the up in the HR sector, recruitment processes to hire HR staff are still “marked by hesitancy”, according to the May Talent Spotlight, published yesterday by recruiter Badenoch & Clark.

According to the report, permanent HR salaries rose 1.92% year on year, permanent vacancies have increased by 1.5% since April (to 2,120) and the average HR director salary is up 2.10% from last year to £80,000.

Commenting on the analysis, Nicola Linkleter, MD of Badenoch & Clark, said: "We are seeing a slight increase in the public sector, with opportunities on the interim side, particularly at HR advisor level. In part, this has come about as many professionals have left the sector in the hope of moving into the private sector."

"While permanent hiring is on the up, recruitment processes are still marked by hesitancy. As organisations have become accustomed to coping on limited resources, they are setting the goalposts even higher when making a new hire. Processes are elongated and the requirements can often change."

"Signs that the HR market is picking up can be seen through the increase in sectors that are recruiting more readily. FMCG in particular is very buoyant, alongside professional services for both interim and permanent, oil & gas on the interim side and technology. Financial services also continues to recruit heavily."

"The Scottish HR market remains relatively slow, with most activity fuelled by the financial services industry. Vacancies centre around professionals who can demonstrate solid experience in TUPE, change or organisational effectiveness. There also continues to be demand for professionals with blue-chip business partner experience gained in complex global organisations."

"In the southwest, the senior end of the market continues to show activity, with a number of companies appointing new chief executives and HR directors. However, there is a noticeable lack of middle management level positions, and clients are taking more time to fill these positions."

"Staff retention is increasingly on the agenda of organisations. This is being demonstrated through the continual rise in training and L&D vacancies, as well as the trend towards recruiting reward specialists and analysts."

The trends described in the Talent Spotlight are based on insight from Badenoch & Clark's industry experts. A new feature of the report, Market Data, is compiled using market intelligence from major job boards, data from all brands within Adecco Group UK & Ireland, company websites, social networking sites, SalaryTrack, the market's leading earnings information service, and www.mysalarychecker.com.