HR professionals are in demand with companies having to pay high salaries to retain and attract the best talent, research shows.
The study, exclusive to Personnel Today, shows that more than a third more HR jobs were advertised in the past 12 months than in the previous year indicating a rise in HR staff turnover.
In this war for talent, HR directors are having to work hard to attract and retain staff. The salaries of HR managers, for example, have increased by 18 per cent since 1997.
Denise Walker, head of corporate HR of Nationwide Building Society, said, "HR people are looking for organisations that challenge them rather than place them in administrative-type roles.
"It is about helping managers to put in place the right structures so that people work together and help to build teams."
High HR staff turnover has been indicated in recent DDI research. It shows a 5 per cent surge in HR staff turnover in the past year to 19 per cent.
This compares with an overall staff turnover of 13 per cent in most companies, according to MCG Benchmarker Metrics.
Nick Page, pay and employment adviser for the CIPD, said, "The turnover is a result of the greater demand for HR people and the climate is making them more confident. They feel they can leave if the pay is there to attract them."
The research, by Salary Survey Publications, also shows that directors' pay has increased by 35 per cent since 1997.
Vicky Dodd, associate director of the HR search and selection company Courtenay, said leading HR directors can demand salaries of up to £200,000.
But she added that economic uncertainty was having an effect. "Some HR professionals who are leaving the technology sector are taking pay cuts to get back into other corporate positions."
By Richard Staines