We are delighted to bring you the Ashley Kate HR Salary and Benefits Guide, which has been a great source of information for HR professionals for many years. Our guide has been produced using the results from our nationwide survey, data from a market-leading network, as well as our established database of UK wide HR professionals.
2020 was an unpredictable year for most businesses globally, but the war for talent continues for sectors such as Manufacturing, IT, Transport, Logistics and Health & Social Care. As we go into 2021 with a vaccine in place, businesses will begin to feel more confident of their growth plans and the economy will once again begin to thrive. However, this will be a long journey.
Last year we witnessed an uplift in HR vacancies registered with us from October and we are confident this will continue throughout 2021. With more people now working from home; relaxed into a healthier work-life balance, we are already seeing signs that agile working will be a prerequisite request for candidates looking for new employment. Businesses will need to look beyond traditional benefits to attract new talent across the next 2-5 years.
2021 will be a year of change. Businesses are recruiting; replacing roles made redundant in previous years with new skillsets as a result of COVID-19, but also bringing in new roles to align with the new world we find ourselves in. The temporary labour market has and will continue to increase as companies continue to grow their teams, waiting for certainty before offering permanent contracts. Businesses will need to continue to address employee engagement and workforce planning, whilst operating remotely for the most part of 2021. The pandemic has significantly changed the course of training and leadership development with a rapid switch to virtual onboarding, meetings and events.
Candidate applications are high, many taking this opportunity to diversify into other sectors, expanding their field of expertise and bringing quick wins to the business. Hiring managers will be looking for those who can respond to this change quickly and effectively.