HR staff numbers least affected by recession

HR departments have cut the least jobs during the recession, with nearly a quarter having taken on extra staff, research has revealed.

Just 35% of HR departments have had to reduce staff, while 23% have increased numbers and 42% report no change, according to a report by Incomes Data Services, reported in the Financial Times.

The report’s author, Graham Brown, said: “Some HR departments may even argue that a recession actually creates more work for them. They may have to run complicated head-count reduction programmes or find cost savings through the introduction of new incentive packages.”

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