One in Five Organizations Hiring for HR, SHRM’s Survey Shows

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First HR Jobs Pulse Survey: 37% of HR professionals likely to start a job search

One in Five Organizations Hiring for HR

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — More than one-third of human resource professionals plan to seek new employment in the near future, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) said today in its first HR Jobs Pulse Survey.

The majority of HR professionals (79 percent) responding to the survey said they were confident that they could land another job.

“We will be seeing definite churn in the HR profession,” said Deb Cohen, SHRM’s senior vice president of Knowledge Development. “This first HR Pulse Survey will create a foundation from which to understand that churn and enable SHRM to predict what it means for the HR profession and employers.”

Almost all of the respondents who said they planned to seek new jobs — 95 percent — said they would look for employment within the HR profession.

But, just like the job market overall, hiring for HR professionals is not widespread. One in five organizations said they were currently hiring for HR positions, the pulse survey showed.

Of the organizations with HR job openings, the country’s largest employers (those with 25,000 or more employees) are hiring at the highest rate — 62 percent of those companies have openings.

The majority of openings were for HR generalist positions (70 percent of organizations seeking generalists), followed by employment/recruiting positions (40 percent), administrative (32 percent) and employee relations (28 percent).

“The big question,” Cohen noted, “is whether or not the churn this will create will result in more opportunity for HR professionals.”

But not all HR professionals are secure in their jobs. Thirty-nine percent of respondents said they had some degree of concern with job security (32 percent were “somewhat concerned;” 7 percent were “very concerned”). Those most worried about job security were early-career HR workers.

The new HR Pulse Survey — which examines hiring trends in HR as well as HR professionals’ views about their job security and the ability to find employment elsewhere — will be done at regular intervals. The survey is based on the responses of HR professionals at all levels: early career, mid-career, senior and executive.

“This is insight we haven’t had before,” Cohen said. “With this pulse survey, the first in a planned series, SHRM is able to better understand the HR profession and how the profession influences organizations.”

About the Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing about 260,000 members in more than 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit SHRM Online at and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.

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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell (@jmillermerrell) is a workplace change agent, author and consultant focused on human resources and talent acquisition living in Austin, TX. Recognized by Forbes as a top 50 social media influencer and is a global speaker. She’s the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource and host of the Workology Podcast.


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