Employees see HR as a short-term career option

Most HR employees expect the profession to be a short to medium-term career option, according to new findings released today. 

Research by consultancy Hudson HR  found that out of 200 HR staff polled, 79% are not planning to remain in HR for the remainder of their working lives.

Mark Carriban, managing director at Hudson, said: “Itis worrying that so many HR professionals are considering how they exit the profession, particularly when HR is beginning to be recognised for the impact it can have on business performance. 

“For some employers, however, it seems to be a case of too little too late,” he said.

“They would do well to recognise that HR needs a proper seat at the boardroom table, particularly if they are to halt the flow of HR talent into contract work or out of the sector altogether.”

Of the HR professionals surveyed:



  • 52% favoured becoming ‘serial careerists’, gaining experience from a variety of different business sectors and working disciplines 
  • 57% expect to undertake freelance or contract work at some point in their career
  • 50% expect interim recruitment to become increasingly common 
  • 21% expect to remain in HR for the rest of their career
  • 46% are not concerned about loyalty to their employers. 

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