SHRM survey: HR pros have career confidence

Confidence in the HR profession has risen, with early-career professionals reporting the most optimism about job security and job prospects, according to the 2016 HR Jobs Pulse Survey released last month by the Society for Human Resource Management.

The survey asked U.S.-based HR professionals about hiring for HR jobs at their organizations and their own job-seeking plans, sense of job security and confidence in their ability to find new job opportunities.

The survey found that 85% of early-career HR professionals are confident that their jobs are secure, compared with 75% of all HR pros generally. On the other hand, 88% of all practitioners surveyed say they are confident they could find a new job in HR if they had to.

Most HR professionals plan to stay in their current position. About one in five respondents (19%) says he or she is looking for a new job, either by choice or involuntarily.

Fewer than three out of 10 respondents indicate that their organizations are hiring for HR positions—the same percentage as in 2015. Half of those that are hiring want HR generalists.

2016’s 5 hottest HR jobs

The top HR jobs employees want to fill:

  • HR generalists  49%
  • Employment/recruitment  31%
  • Administrative  15%
  • Benefits  14%
  • Employee relations  13%

Source: SHRM survey, July 2016