Report: Human Resources Staffing Up in June

New York — July 17

During June more than 36,000 jobs were advertised online for human resources professionals, according to Wanted Analytics, a real-time business intelligence firm.

Hiring demand in HR fell dramatically during the recession, as companies were recruiting fewer new employees across their organizations. The volume of ads, however, has grown steadily in 2011 and 2012. Despite a slight decline in June compared to the four-year high during May, hiring demand for HR professions is at higher levels than pre-recession. There were 17 percent more jobs ads online during June than in the same time period last year.

The majority of job listings were for recruiters. More than 18,000 jobs were advertised online for recruiting and sourcing jobs, at an 11 percent year-over-year increase.

Other HR functions that experienced increasing hiring demand were compensation, benefits and job analysis specialists; compensation and benefits managers; training and development managers; employment interviewers; and general HR managers.

The most commonly advertised job titles in the human resources field were:

1. Recruiter
2. Human Resources Manager
3. Human Resources Assistant
4. Director of Human Resources
5. Human Resources Generalist
6. HR Generalist
7. Payroll Specialist
8. HR Manager
9. Payroll Clerk
10. Technical Recruiter

Metropolitan areas with the highest volume of HR job listings during June were New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston.

Employers in New York City placed the highest number of online job ads but saw the lowest year-over-year increase of these five cities, according to Wanted’s analysis.

With just more than 2,800 unique job postings for HR professionals during June, this represents a 5 percent increase compared to June 2011. In comparison, Chicago experienced the highest increase of these five locations at more than 24 percent.

Employers and staffing firms that are sourcing for HR professionals are likely to experience moderate difficulties since hiring demand is increasing and causing competition to attract qualified candidates. These conditions, however, will vary slightly by location depending on the available talent supply.

According to the “Hiring Scale,” companies in Washington, D.C., are experiencing some of the most difficulties. With the volume of job ads growing about 21 percent since last year, recruiters are likely to compete heavily to attract talent and experience a longer time-to-fill than average.

The average duration of an HR job posting in the D.C. metro area is about six weeks. In comparison, the Hiring Scale also shows the easiest places to recruit talent in this industry are Salem, Ore., Scranton, Pa., and Jackson, Miss. These areas are likely to fill job openings faster and easier than the rest of the United States.

The Hiring Scale measures conditions in local job markets by comparing hiring demand and labor supply. The Hiring Scale is part of the Wanted Analytics platform that offers business intelligence for the talent marketplace.

Source: Wanted Technologies Corp.