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Top tips for HR professionals looking to secure a pay rise

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2017 is well underway and we want to help HR professionals stay on top of their careers. If you haven’t already been thinking about the skills you need to remain relevant there’s no better time than now.

Our recent salary guide indicated that 60% of employers of HR professionals feel the biggest challenge they will face when recruiting this year is a shortage of suitable applicants. Organisations simply don’t have the talent needed to achieve their current business objectives for the year ahead.

The guide also found that specialising or acquiring specific skills is one of the best routes to securing a significant pay increase. So if you’re looking for a pay rise or simply ready for a new challenge here are the areas you need to concentrate on in 2017.

Are your skills in demand?

  • Change, transformation and HR systems are in particular demand as we see a shift to agile HR, which subsequently is causing the responsibilities and remits of HR professionals to continue to expand. HR leaders are now acting as business partners and leading in organisational design shaping culture strategies.
  • Technical skills, such as data analytics and social media expertise, are also in demand as HR departments look to better understand and interact with both potential new hires and current employees. With technology changing the way the HR function operates, we expect to see the capability gap exacerbated, which could lead to employers feeling pressured to raise salaries further in 2017.
  • Commercial awareness continues to be an important skill for HR professionals. It is essential that you understand the commercial environment in which your organisation operates and the demands and needs of the workforce. As a HR professional you should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of business goals, integrating that into your work and by doing so, employers will see how your contributions to the company are part of the solution to achieving overall business objectives.

Which areas of HR are receiving the biggest pay increases?

Talent and resourcing: with competition for skills continuing to increase across all sectors, it is no surprise that talent and resourcing professionals have seen the largest salary increases in the past year at 2.8%, more than the overall UK average increase of 1.8%.

HR generalist within commerce and industry: these professionals received the second largest average salary increase of 2.6%. These professionals, with their broad mix of skills across various HR functions including, training and development, HRIS, benefits and employee relations, are in demand.

Reward and benefit: many companies are reviewing their rewards and benefits packages as they recognise the necessity to cater for the differing needs of a multi-generational workforce, the focus on executive pay and new legislation, such as the gender pay gap. Find out how your pay compares to other HR professionals across the UK using the Hays salary checker.

To find out more, or to discuss your recruitment needs in this field, please contact your local consultant.

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