HR jobs boost as recruiter predicts positive outlook for year ahead

The HR jobs market is expected to hold up well during 2009 despite the gloomy economic climate, according to research by recruitment firm Robert Walters.

The Robert Walters Annual Salary Survey predicts that while organisations’ resourcing strategies would remain cautious in the year ahead, the growing prominence of HR in overall business strategy will mean that recruitment in the sector should remain relatively stable in 2009.

Darren Wentworth, director of HR recruitment at Robert Walters, said: “Since the research was conducted in November and December last year there has been plenty of bad news in the jobs market, which was bound to hamper recruitment.”

However, roles such as HR business partners were still in demand, as were candidates with restructuring and redundancy experience, he added.

The report also highlights the fact that while demand for HR professionals in the financial services sector is likely to stay on hold for the first quarter of 2009, employers in a position to hire will have their pick of the best available talent.

Salaries on offer for senior HR roles are likely to increases slightly in 2009, as well as those for experienced practitioners. However, roles such as head of recruitment and recruitment manager could see salaries dip.

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