Cast your mind back to the start of your career in the HR profession. How did you find your way into the profession? And are you pleased you did so?
Latest benchmarking survey data from XpertHR offers a fascinating insight into HR careers.
Here are just some of the findings on UK HR professionals’ career experiences (XpertHR Benchmarking subscription required to access each link):
- The most common reason for beginning an HR career was that it happened “by chance” (see chart). This was followed by wanting to work with people. Around one in four say they were asked to take on HR responsibilities in a previous role.
- Perhaps tellingly, the least commonly cited reason for taking up a career in HR is that it “pays well.”
- When asked about the length of time they have been in their current role, the two most common responses are less than three years (43.9%), and three to five years (33.4%).
- At the other end of the scale, the longest tenures are the least common. Fewer than one in 20 UK HR professionals (4.2%) have held their current role for 11 to 15 years, while only half this number (2.1%) can point to more than 15 years in their current role.
- This picture changes markedly at HR director level. Among HR directors, the most common length of tenure in their current role is six to 10 years (cited by 30.9%). A further 7.4% have held their present HR director post for 11 to 15 years, while 8.8% of HR directors point to more than 15 years in their present role.
- The survey also looks at whether HR professionals would choose HR again, if they had the chance to start their career over.
The XpertHR survey of HR careers is based on responses from 668 UK HR professionals, representing organisations with a total combined workforce of 3,705,220 employees.
What are the prospects for private sector pay awards in 2011/2012?
This is where the XpertHR Benchmarking survey of Private Sector Pay Prospects for 2011/2012 comes in. This major survey draws on details of 1,482 pay settlements for 2010/2011, and 482 pay predictions for 2011/2012). Subscribers to XpertHR Benchmarking can drill down into the complete results data from this survey, and produce their own bespoke benchmarking reports.
The survey is in two sections:
- Approaches to Pay Setting This section looks at how private sector employers go about conducting the annual pay review; and
- Pay Settlements This section looks in detail at pay settlements concluded in 2010/2011, and looks ahead to expected pay settlements for 2011/2012.
Here’s a small selection of the key questions from XpertHR Benchmarking survey of Private Sector Pay Prospects for 2011/2012:
- What do you expect will be the value of the across-the-board pay increase awarded in the 2011/2012 wage round?
- How will the 2011/2012 pay rise for your employees compare with that awarded in the 2010/2011 wage round?
- What was the value of the across-the-board pay increase awarded in the 2010/2011 wage round?
- What is the lead-in time for your organisation’s annual pay review?
HR data blog post round-up: November 2011
Here’s our latest monthly pick of top blog posts on HR data issues from XpertHR’s blogs and other blogs:
- The youth unemployment measure debate This week brought the grim news that the level of youth unemployment in the UK has passed the “million milestone.” However, both the Coalition Government and the CIPD contend that the internationally-recognised measure of youth unemployment does not tell an accurate story of the youth unemployment situation. Catch up with the latest developments in this ongoing debate here.
- What are the seven deadliest sins of HR metrics? When it comes to HR metrics, the first commandment is as follows: “Thou shall not measure meaningless crap.” This is according to a rundown of the seven deadliest sins of HR metrics, as compiled by Cathy Martin on the Profitability through human capital blog. Check out the full post to see what else makes the list!
- Executive pay controversy 2011: Plus ça change… Executive pay has once again made the headlines over recent weeks, with reports of 49% increases for FTSE 100 directors being generating widespread outcry and even eliciting comment from David Cameron. But is the correct story being told as regards the numbers behind the headlines? XpertHR looks behind the headlines.
- Benchmarking approaches to line manager absence management training Training line managers in managing absence can help cut absence, the latest XpertHR Benchmarking research finds. But employers could be failing to make the most effective use of it.
- Does what HR does differ from what HR wants to do? Sharlyn Lauby has recently run two interesting polls over on her excellent HR Bartender blog, looking at “what HR does” and “what HR wants to do.” Check out this post to see just how much overlap there is between the two areas.
- HR is a numbers game. “Accurate statistics and meaningful metrics” can play an absolutely central role “in building HR’s credibility and ensuring that we make a valuable contribution to our business.” This is according to London-based HR blogger Adam Axon. In a great post on the HR Artistry blog, looks at why numbers are of such critical importance to HR, and identifies two major obstacles preventing HR from “truly understanding” HR data. You can also follow Adam on Twitter.
- How times change: A snapshot of women’s occupations in 1881 Victorian women were significantly more likely to be indoor servants than sword makers, according to data on women’s occupations from the 1881 Census.
- 17 things you didn’t know about your morning coffee Not strictly HR data, but as coffee plays a central role in fuelling the work of many HR professionals around the world, I thought I’d share a link to this informative infographic from the Ragan’s PR blog.
About XpertHR’s HR data round-up
XpertHR’s round-up of HR data for November 2011 is the latest instalment in an ongoing monthly series, highlighting latest HR data releases from XpertHR and other sources, alongside links to news stories and blog posts of direct or indirect relevance to issues around using HR data.
If there are any HR-related data measures you would like to see covered in future XpertHR data round-ups, or if there are any surveys or HR data blog posts that you would like to see highlighted, please do get in touch. You can submit comments via the box below, or contact me directly via Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+.
XpertHR data round-up archive
Catch up with all the posts in XpertHR’s data archive series!
- HR data round-up October 2011: National minimum wage; HR data visualisation; & using HR data effectively
- HR data round-up September 2011: Benchmarking absence; social media ROI; & latest HR data blog posts
- HR data round-up July 2011: HR careers, absence & turnover
- XpertHR data round-up, June 2011: Company cars, commuting, benchmarking & labour disputes
- XpertHR data round-up, May 2011: HR benchmarking data, absence & hand-drawn charts