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UK – HR job market bouncing back

14 February 2013

Over a third of workers (39%) are looking for new HR jobs this year as opportunities continue to rise, the latest HR salary and market report by staffing firm Reed has found. According to the survey of 1,500 employers and employees, confidence among the UK workforce is bouncing back.

The report said a sense of job security, combined with an increase in jobs have helped renew confidence. Employers are also feeling more assured in investing in the labour force.

The job market has grown for the third year in a row with 32% more roles on offer now than three years ago, according to the survey. But at the same time, over half (56%) of HR employers are worried about staff leaving. This is despite nearly two-thirds (63%) of employees claiming they feel happy in their current posts.

Gert Nzimiro from Reed said: “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.”

He said that employers wanting to hold on to staff should ensure they are investing in employees through training and promotion opportunities. “Those that are looking to recruit can be confident that the available talent pool has widened,” he said. 

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