Being data-driven is a business imperative for many organisations and the CIPD believes it is a key part of understanding the present and informing the future. These animated infographics, produced using statistics from the ONS, Croner and Lightcast, provide a fascinating snapshot of the people profession in the UK, including its size, demographics, salary variations and the latest recruitment trends. The analysis aims to identify the current state of the profession and offers an insight into how HR is likely to evolve in the future. 

While these findings are based on UK data, the broader trends and implications should be of interest wherever you are based.

We see the people profession continuing to grow, particularly in junior roles such as HR and industrial relations officers. Recruitment specialists have been particularly in demand this year, as well as talent acquisition and inclusion and diversity roles significantly increasing in the last five years. CIPD membership is seen as a top qualification requirement in senior people profession job postings and we welcome this finding in terms of supporting and empowering our members worldwide.

This information is updated annually to enable you to track trends across the industry.


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