Opportunities to work in the fast-paced recruitment and HR industries exist all over the UK...
Employment opportunities in recruitment and human resources (HR) are grouped into:
You could work either in-house recruiting staff into an organisation or for a recruitment agency who hires employees on behalf of organisations. Agencies often specialise in recruitment within a particular sector; for example, recruitment agencies may specialise in one of the following areas:
For job roles in this sector, see graduate jobs in recruitment and HR.
The top 250 recruitment agencies in 2012, according to Recruitment International's annual report, included:
Some companies that have in-house recruitment departments include:
There are many employers offering graduate schemes in either HR or have HR as one of the placements on a management scheme. Graduate schemes are mainly offered by large organisations. Some of the companies that offer HR training schemes include:
Recruitment and HR are functions that exist in the majority of companies in most sectors across the UK. However, it is likely that if you want to work on a graduate scheme in HR for a large organisation, its headquarters will be based in London. It is possible to have placements at other sites across the country.
The HR departments in small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are usually run by individuals or small teams. Very small companies are likely to source their HR needs out to a consultancy.
Graduates entering the recruitment and HR sector can expect:
To find out more about typical salaries and working conditions in your chosen career, see types of jobs.
More recruitment agencies are expanding their online channels of communication and using social media to reach their audiences.
Spending cuts in the public sector have meant more staff redundancies, which has been a challenge for recruiters.
The uncertain economic climate means that there are changes in staffing levels in all organisations. This requires HR to use its expertise in change management to ensure that organisations maintain the talent and skills needed.
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