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Recruitment in the HR industry is also set to increase over the next 12 months as the UK economy continues to strengthen and employers grow in confidence. According to the Hays Human Resources Salary and Benefits Guide 2014, almost half of employers (47%) expect to recruit more permanent HR staff and 28% will hire additional temporary workers.

There are a growing number of opportunities available to HR generalists, particularly within the &pound30,000 - &pound40,000 bracket, as well as for those in resourcing and talent, and reward roles. HR Advisors with the right experience and skills can expect to earn an average salary of &pound28,000, while HR Directors are able to command an average salary of &pound77,000.

Two-fifths of employers expect pay for HR staff to rise in line with the cost of living and 14% of employers anticipate it to rise above inflation in 2014. More than half (52%) reported to have already increased pay in the past year.

However, more than half (64%) of employers expect a shortage of experienced candidates and 39% anticipate a lack of qualified candidates when recruiting this year. Two-fifths (41%) of employers also feel they do not have the talent they need to achieve their current business objectives.

Barney Ely, Director of Hays Human Resources, said: ”The signs are there that 2014 is going to be positive for the HR community. Not only are employees gaining confidence to look for new roles, after a challenging couple of years, but there will be more opportunities available to them and it is likely they will be better paid. With many of the available roles focusing on reward and talent, it is evident that employers are now shifting from managing the challenges of the economic downturn to taking advantage of the growing confidence in the economy. This will increase competition for commercially astute HR professionals who can manage change, so employers will need to work hard to retain and attract the best talent to ensure their business can grow in 2014.”

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