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Global recruitment trends
How are international HR markets faring against the global economic crisis?
Read on for insights into the UK, Middle Eastern, and Australian HR
recruitment markets. Plus, if you’re looking for a new job in HR, we have
top tips to help you every step of the way.
Senior change management professionals
were in demand earlier this year to
manage restructures since organisations
were cutting costs and streamlining
processes. Now, HR interims are being
hired for recruitment projects. This shift
shows that companies are looking past
economic uncertainty, and focusing on
growth and development instead.
Areas of demand
The human resources market is
currently hiring for reward and
analytics roles, as well as in-house
recruitment and organizational
development (OD), leadership and
talent roles. Many SMEs are also
investing in quality heads of HR for
The UAE, Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Qatar are
experiencing an active market, and the
demand for talent acquisition capability is
strong. Human resources professionals
that are at head of HR level with
significant compensation and benefits
(comp & bens) experience are sought-
after. It is more difficult to fill strategic
roles. Learning and development (L&D) is
also high on the agenda, because many
organisations are looking to embrace
international best practice.
Recruiters often have to look outside
the region as finding people on the
ground with all of the required skills
is hard. Because it’s so difficult to
find a candidate with the whole
package, companies are going down
the payrise route to retain their
employees as finding and training a
replacement can be costly.
Organisations are also promoting
from within instead of hiring outside
of the company – people already
with the company are likely to take a
promotion, while an external
candidate might be making a less-
appealing lateral move.
Many organisations are putting effort into
retaining the top talent that pulled them
through the inconsistent economy of the
past 18 months. Because of this,
businesses will seek to build a strong HR
function as hiring levels are likely to
increase. Many HR jobs up for grabs will
be for talent managers in an effort to
boost engagement and productivity while
also reducing costs.
If you’re looking for a job in HR with
flexibility, the blooming contract
market is a great place to look. It’s
expected to maintain its momentum
from last year, growing steadily
throughout 2013 since recovering
organisations may not be able to
increase their permanent
headcount. In many instances, the
salary for contractors is much higher
than the permanent job market. If
you’ve always been permanently
employed but are looking for a
change of pace, this might be the
right time to experiment with
contracting – it offers flexibility,
diverse challenges, and an
opportunity to expand your skills.
Looking for a new HR position?
Job seeking tips to get noticed
An employer can tell if you're using a generic CV. When you tailor your CV
to the position, it shows that you've taken time to think about your
application, which implies that you're eager for the job. If re-writing CVs
is getting tiring, this many be an indication that you're applying for too
Dress for success
Do some research on the dress code of the company before you go into
your interview. Then, take it one step up so you appear polished. If
others wear dress pants and shirt, but no tie, wear a tie.
Get to know the job description well, and practice proving your experience
with each responsibility in the outline. Impress your interviewers by having
a list of questions prepared for the end; it will demonstrate your
enthusiasm for the job.
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