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strategic importance of HR set to grow further in 2010

Despite the reduction in the number of available HR roles in the market, the strategic importance of the HR function grew in 2009. HR professionals proved their worth as challenging market conditions meant organisations had to review their people strategies, deal with redundancies and make business-critical decisions about future growth.
 
HR business partners with strong commercial skills and solid experience in improving bottom line performance were in high demand, along with employee relations specialists with experience managing redundancy programmes.
 Chris Hickey, Managing Director of Robert Walters, comments:  The last year has been a tough one for HR professionals, as large numbers of organisations went through periods of restructuring and downsizing. Although redundancies took place within HR departments, HR leaders proved their worth as they were relied on for business critical information that shaped the future of their organisation.

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