Learning and development, OHS and change management are the HR areas receiving the most recruitment demand from employers this quarter, according to staffing firm Hays.
The Hays Quarterly Forecast for HR says L&D candidates - particularly instructional designers - are in high demand for leadership development, staff engagement and long-term retention purposes.
Change managers are also sought after at the moment, the report says, as organisations reform their businesses.
OHS expertise is always valuable - "since good systems can prove a financial benefit" - but project candidates with OHS knowledge are in particular demand right now, as are industrial relations specialists, due to the new workplace laws.
Hays says most recruitment in the HR space is likely to be contract-based this quarter, "due to the number of projects that need personnel to move forward".
It says roles are available for HR candidates at executive level, but employers are taking advantage of candidate quality and being selective in their hiring decisions.
HR salaries are likely to remain steady, the report says, with non-monetary benefits offered.
"Given the number of people in the market and the slow release of vacancies, candidate salary expectations should remain realistic," it says.
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