UK HR salary guide 2023-24

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Our HR salary guide for 2023-24 provides comprehensive salary benchmarking for HR professionals across the UK.

In addition, it discusses the results of a survey sent to HR professionals which covered the reasons people chose to move roles, HR’s relationship with the business and recruitment and resource challenges.

Some interesting trends include:

  • 46% of HR professionals who moved job within the last year secured a salary increase of up to 30%
  • 65% of respondents are considering changing roles in the next year
  • 94% of respondents say HR is involved in their company decision making

We have also included commentary by sector and by region, meaning that you can get a comprehensive view of the markets in which you operate.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey. Your answers helped us create what we hope you find a useful and insightful look into the HR recruitment market in the UK.

We invite you to download the report by filling in the form below.

For an in-depth discussion on any of the material in the report get in touch with a Frazer Jones consultant today.

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Key findings

What are the top reasons HR professionals move role?

40% of our respondents moved roles in the last 12 months compared to 47% last year. We asked those people why and how they found their new role. The majority moved for career progression, followed by salary and/or benefits.

A tenth of respondents moved because their contract came to an end. We’ve continued to see a rise in
popularity for interim HR roles since the pandemic –
where many professionals are prioritising flexibility
in their work life, and businesses are enjoying cost effectiveness and specialised expertise.

In what areas of HR are businesses under resourced?

How involved is HR in companywide decision making?

The UK’s HR landscape has changed drastically over the last few years thanks to major changes to the way people work, compliance and regulation, technology advances and a growing focus on company culture.

HR is being seen less as an administrative operation and more as a strategic partner to the business,
giving professionals and leaders a seat at the table
when it comes to business planning and success.

What is the biggest challenge businesses face over the next 12 months from a recruitment perspective?

We asked our respondents what their greatest challenge will be over the next 12 months from a recruitment perspective. Most reported a talent shortage, followed by budget/sign off and employee retention/turnover.

Despite a levelling of the market, there continues to be a high demand for HR professionals across all specialisms which contributes towards all of these challenges for employers. While the economy remains uncertain, businesses are still heavily scrutinising their budgets for resources – even when it comes to attracting or retaining top talent.