Regional view: Cardiff

The public sector is fuelling a steady demand for HR professionals with generalist experience. These skills are also in demand in the private sector in Cardiff, as are professionals with learning and development experience.

Although HR has developed into an increasingly specialist industry that encompasses many separate disciplines, the economic downturn has brought a shift in emphasis towards more generalist skills, as organisations are having to make best use of their human assets. Professionals now have to take on more general HR responsibilities such as administration, recruitment or employee relations.

HR professionals are now more willing to consider interim work and are taking advantage of the growing number of interim opportunities in Cardiff. Interim work can be beneficial for both employers and employees – one of the key motivations is the ability to move continually between projects and gain a broader range of experience of different organisations.

Demand for specific HR interim skills in the private and public sectors includes experience of change management, employee relations, downsizing, redundancy, project management and TUPE.

Most senior managers will already possess the relevant skills and experience, but there are more marked skills shortages in some areas, for example in the compensation and benefits field, and also for the Department of Health’s world class commissioning (WCC) programme in the public sector.

Daily rates will vary between £300-400 (guideline figures only).

While salaries across Cardiff have remained steady, jobseekers have become more flexible and are far more willing to negotiate. Salary entry levels can range anywhere from £25,000 to £31,000 for HR advisors, £35,000 to £45,000 for HR managers, £30,000 for learning and development advisors and £46,000 for management development specialists.

Wales has a reputation for allowing a good quality of life, and this is certainly true of Cardiff. As a capital city Cardiff is compact, but has many national and multinational businesses. Getting around the city is quick and easy and many people use public transport. A large number also commute to work, as travelling to Cardiff does not present the same stresses as life in an over-populated city centre.

Within the centre you will find unique attractions, top class entertainment, innovative and historical architecture as well as peaceful parklands.

Information provided by Hays Human Resources

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