The latest Robert Walters UK Jobs Index has revealed that job vacancies for HR professionals rose by 25% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same time last year.

Mid-level management roles made up the largest percentage of advertised roles at 12% while executive and assistant HR vacancies made up 9% of the total volume.

Nick Allwood, Manager, Robert Walters comments:

“In 2016, with many firms scaling back or postponing recruitment, demand for HR professionals was sluggish.”

“However, as businesses look to grow amid improving economic conditions HR professionals are seeing high demand for their skills.”

“In particular, mid-level and junior HR specialists are highly sought after to fulfil ‘core’ functions necessary to support increased headcount.”


In addition to broadly rising demand for HR professionals, specialists in payroll and benefits are being particularly sought after as businesses look to adapt to new legislation.

Nick Allwood continues:

“A change in government policy means that large businesses will soon ben required to publish the relative rates of pay for male and female executives.”

“As employers prepare to change internal systems to ensure compliance with this legislation, payroll and benefits specialists are being highly sought after, both for permanent and contract roles, to provide vital assistance in helping firms comply with the upcoming laws.”