The state of UK HR told in 20 stats

HR plays an extremely important role in the workplace, including creating a positive work environment, recruitment, talent retention, and keeping on top of conflict management.

The HR landscape has been, and continues to evolve, at an ever-increasing rate. The need for a better work-life balance, the release of new technologies, economic uncertainty, and demographic inclusion, are all factors that affect the approach HR takes daily.

HR professionals have a better understanding of the UK workforce than any other industry, so let’s take a look at some very interesting HR and workforce stats!

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The HR industry

  • The general workforce has grown by 10% in the last decade, whereas this is 42% for HR professionals
  • For every 100 employees there are on average 1.54 HR professionals
  • Revenue is boosted by x4 on average when there is a well-functioning HR role present
  • 78% of HR professionals are in the private sector compared to 22% in the public sector
  • Gender diversity in HR is 76% female and 24% male
  • 98% of HR staff say that they have experienced burnout, with 94% having felt overwhelmed in the past 6 months.
  • Over two-thirds of HR professionals state they would like a new challenge and would venture into a new profession.
  • There are over 3000 live vacancies for HR professionals on indeed

The UK workforce as told by HR

  • 65% of employees would rather tolerate lower pay than a bad work environment
  • 79% of the workforce support pay transparency in job listings
  • The average UK worker stays in a job for 4.5 years
  • Flexible working is the most desired job benefit followed by job security and a competitive salary
  • Business is on average 21% more profitable when the workforce is highly engaged
  • The average work week is 1.83 hours longer than it was in December 2022
  • 94% of employees are actively choosing and leaving  jobs based on career progression oppertunities and skill development.
  • Companies using pay programmes see on average 1.4 times higher productivity rates
  • Poor employee mental health costs Uk businesses £56 billion per year
  • Every £1 invested into employee mentla health services sees £5.30 returned due to improvment in staff retention and performnace
  • Company engagement and revenue increases by 20% if there is an equality diversity and inclusion strategy in place.
  • 47% of UK companies dont have a ED&I strategy

(Sources: Lets talk talent, Beyond HR, Guider, Linkedin Learning)

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