- More than a third (39%) of UK HR workers looking for new job opportunities in 2013
- Three quarters (75%) of the HR sector feel secure in their employment, sparking confidence to look for the next role
- Increase in job opportunities indicates sector’s economic confidence
Confidence has returned to the HR jobs market, as over a third of workers (39%) set their sights on new roles for 2013 and job opportunities continue to rise year-on-year. This is according to a new report which canvassed the attitudes of 1,500 employers and employees.
The REED HR 2013 Salary and Market Insight report shows three quarters of HR workers (75%) feel secure or very secure in their current role. It is this sense of security, coupled with the growth of job opportunities over 2012, which has given the UK’s workforce renewed confidence.
The reed.co.uk Job Index, a monthly tracker of employment trends across the UK, also showed that the jobs market has grown for the third successive year, with 32% more positions on offer than in January 2010. This indicates that businesses are feeling secure enough to invest in their workforce.
Gert Nzimiro, Divisional Manager, at REED HR, commented: “The jobs market is a good indication of the mood of business and the increase we have seen in HR job opportunities over the past year indicates confidence in the sector. HR employers are feeling confident to invest in talent and it is encouraging that this has now translated into confidence for workers to look for new roles too.”
The report also highlighted that more than half (56%) of HR employers are worried about staff moving on to seek better opportunities, despite two thirds (63%) of employees saying they are satisfied in their current role. In response to this, HR employers have increased the financial rewards given to employees, with staff entertainment up 18%, bonuses up 7%, and pay rises up 6%.
Gert Nzimiro continued: “While it is clear some HR sector employers are concerned about losing talent, it is important to remember that a buoyant jobs market presents opportunity. Employers wanting to hold on to talent should ensure they are investing in staff – through training and promotion opportunities – and those that are looking to recruit can be confident that the available talent pool has widened.”