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Excerpted from the United Kingdom Career Guide

The job market is looking up for HR professionals in the UK, according to recruiter Badenoch and Clark. Findings of a recent personnel employment survey reveal full-time HR job openings more than doubled last year. Compensation and benefits were a much-sought-after specialty. Recruiter Hays predicts the top 10 professions and skills that will be most in demand over the year, and among them is HR manager. With companies restructuring to survive the recession, many organizations turn to their HR teams for advice over employee relations, complex TUPE regulations, restructuring and change management. Opportunities should increase in manufacturing, banking, financial services, energy and retail. An experienced HR manager can earn between 30,000 and 60,000 GBP.

Organizations and Trade Associations

Professional associations are an excellent way to make new contacts and get up-to-date information in the field. Information on employers’ associations is also listed on the Certification Officer website; see the entry below for information.

Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR)
http://www.agr.org.uk/
The Association of Graduate Recruiters is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting employers in all aspects of graduate recruitment. It represents more than 800 organizations that, between them, offer a high proportion of graduate opportunities in the UK. It offers impartial advice, providing members with access to market surveys, research findings and briefing papers. The association also organizes a variety of seminars, conferences, focus groups and online discussion forums.

Association of Graduate Recruiters
Innovation Centre
Warwick Technology Park
Gallows Hill
Warwick CV34 6UW
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1926 623236
Fax: +44 1926 623237
Email: info@agr.org.uk

Labor Unions

Unison
http://www.unison.org.uk
Unison is the United Kingdom’s largest trade union. It represents public services employees in local government, health service, education, the voluntary sector, utilities and police support staff. It also campaigns on issues relating to employment such as pay, health and safety, leave, pensions, allowances, funding, reform, privatization and delivery. Unison members pay a small monthly subscription, which is weighted according to income, and receive a variety of benefits, which are detailed on this website.

Unison
1 Mableon Place
London, England WC1H 9AJ
Tel: +44 20 7388-2366
Fax: +44 20 7387-6692
Email: Direct@unison.co.uk

Publications

HR Magazine
http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/
HR Magazine is a monthly publication. Since relaunching with Haymarket Publishing in 1999, HR magazine has been steering readers though the journey the industry is taking, adding insight and debate on current HR practice and future HR thinking. HR believes human resources strategy should always be closely linked to corporate strategy and performance. Subscription information is available on the website.

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete United Kingdom Guide.



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