The role of HR is crucial to businesses of all sizes as it plays a key role in reassuring employees, offering support where needed, and often managing sensitive conversations around redundancies at what has been a challenging time for many individuals. This is particularly true during periods of organisational change or transformation.
The skill set of a great human resources professional is broad, requiring a unique blend of technical knowledge and experience of the HR function, with a high level of emotional intelligence and empathy. The demand for great talent is high. 
Throughout the year ahead, attracting and securing top talent will be crucial next steps for many businesses, building upon organisational change and transformation to thrive in 2021. To support our customers in developing the teams they need for success and finding the right roles to drive their careers forward, we have divided this guide into two areas of focus:
Recruiting, talent trends, and skills
As part of our comprehensive market overview, we highlight the competitiveness and current processes of hiring in HR, where talent is looking for roles and the breakdown of the availability of talent, as well as the key skills for HR and emerging soft skills across the UK.
Salaries in human resources  
With competition for the best talent remaining fierce, we break down the average salaries for the most advertised roles, looking at regional trends and fluctuations. More than ever, understanding salary expectations and market rates is key to future-proofing your talent pipeline and understanding your professional worth in the current landscape.   

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