Human Resources Professionals in Highest Demand

Within each scoring indicator, a role is awarded points if it is above average compared to other human resources roles. Roles that had below-average demand received zero points toward their score. Roles were scored by comparing their 2022 growth to the second half of 2021 and their Q2 specialized unemployment rates.

  • HR Managers11.24

  • Compensation and Benefits Managers, Specialists5.83

  • HR Benefits Specialists4.10

  • Training and Development Specialists4.00

  • HR Recruiters and Specialists2.83

  • HR Assistants2.00

Ranking of roles is based on proprietary analysis of more than 6 million positions posted on more than 100 independent job boards and company websites, specialized unemployment rates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and placement data from Robert Half.

Human Resources Managers’ Hiring Plans

July–December 2022

Hiring for new roles

Hiring for vacated roles

Increasing the number of contract employees in their department

Finding Skilled Talent Is Toughest in These Areas

of HR managers said it’s challenging to find skilled professionals

The most challenging areas to hire:

  • Human resources
  • Recruitment
  • Compensation and benefits

Motivations of HR Workers on the Move

The main reasons professionals in this sector plan to look for a new job:

  • Higher salaries
  • Feelings of burnout and ready for a career change
  • More opportunities for advancement

of HR employees are actively searching for a new role or plan to by the end of the year

Current Unemployment Rates

2.2%

Training and development specialists

2.4%

HR managers

2.7%

HR specialists

Current Population Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 8, 2022. Percentages reflect unemployment rates for select positions that were near or below the national unemployment rate at the end of second-quarter 2022.

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*Robert Half calculations are based on job postings provided by TalentNeuron™, a comprehensive source of global labor market analytics by Gartner®. GARTNER and TALENTNEURON are registered trademarks and service marks of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved.

The Employment Situation — August 2022, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Sept. 2, 2022

Job Openings and Labor Turnover — July 2022, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Aug. 30, 2022

Online surveys developed by Robert Half and conducted by independent research firms in 2022. Respondents included executives, senior managers and employees from small (20-249 employees), medium (250-499 employees) and large (500+ employees) in private, publicly listed and public sector organizations across the United States.