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Permanent HR salaries increase 0.9% since August but vacancies drop, according to Badenoch & Clark

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Permanent salaries in the HR profession have increased by 0.9% since August, but permanent vacancies have dropped 10.13% in the same period, according to Badenoch and Clark, latest talent spotlight, published this week.

The role of head of recruitment has seen the largest ?average salary uplift at 3.36% year on year to ?£57,000

Sarah Wynn, operations director for HR at Badenoch & Clark, said: "With many HR teams being rationalised over the past year, resources have been over-stretched for some time. Whilst organisations have recognised the need to mitigate this in order to retain key employees, they are now ramping up their hiring of interim consultants to help alleviate excessive workloads.

"With 'commercial focus' understandably now on most employers? wish-lists, organisations are moving toward roles that directly engage with the wider business to ensure a commercial mindset throughout. Business Partner roles have seen a recent uplift in popularity, in favour of HR Manager titles that are perhaps perceived to be heavier on administration and less reflective of a progressive HR function.

"A combination of the summer months? disruptions and ongoing negative press about economic conditions has resulted in drawn-out recruitment processes, with employers increasingly particular about the calibre of candidate they will take on. Current expectations are such that an external hire must almost be of higher calibre than the existing team or predecessor, rather than like for like, with the trend particularly true of blue chips hiring for mid-level roles.

"With the continual drive for cost efficiencies, shared service processing centres for high-volume work are becoming increasingly popular. This is creating increased demand for strong people managers to lead large teams of HR administrators, who focus anything from on/off boarding to the full recruitment lifecycle."

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, earnings information service, and www.mysalarychecker.com.