HR and recruiting vacancies slow up but with little threat from automation

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Joblift has found that the demands on HR professionals have adapted to fit the gaps that robots cannot fill

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Monday 11 December 2017

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A recent study by Joblift has shown that 220,185 HR and recruiting jobs have been posted in the last 12 months in the United Kingdom. Vacancies in this industry have seen an average monthly increase of 1 percent – which is significantly lower than the 5 percent monthly increase seen in the UK’s job market as a whole during this time period. Despite this slow growth, HR and recruitment jobs spend an average of 15 days online before being filled.

Calculated in terms of pay, only 15 percent of the 148,848 vacancies that stated a salary, offered a wage of £50,000 or more, with the largest percentage (39 percent) of postings advertising a salary of between £20,000 and £30,000 per year. Unsurprisingly, London dominates positions with 19 percent of all vacancies, followed by Manchester with 4 percent, and then Birmingham, also holding 4 percent of HR and recruiting postings; 63 percent of the 220,185 vacancies were for recruiters specifically with these roles experiencing a 1 percent average monthly increase. Interestingly, the 37 percent of vacancies looking for HR roles on a wider basis experienced three times the growth with a 3 percent average monthly increase.

The research revealed that little attention has been given to AI and automated roles posted in the last year.  Only 1 percent of the HR and recruiting vacancies posted stated the need for knowledge of HR and recruiting tools. Rather than needing knowledge of these tools, the HR positions themselves are adapting into more relationship management roles. For example, 45 percent of the vacancies advertised in the last 12 months highlighted the importance of communication and people skills – areas in which artificial intelligence cannot compete.

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