Employers are ramping up their HR teams as the economy opens up, according to the latest research from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), and the demand for human resource specialists continues to grow in England and Wales with vacancies up 18.7% in the last quarter.

Business intelligence specialist Vacancysoft revealed that total hiring levels for 2021 have already exceeded last year’s by 23.2%.

With IT professionals in high demand as work from home policies continue, recruitment specialists are now some of the most sought-after professionals with 6,081 jobs published this year alone, according to APSCo. ONS data also reveals that job vacancies are at a record high so it’s not surprising that there is an increased demand for specialists to manage talent attraction and sourcing strategies in businesses.

Ann Swain, CEO of APSCo comments: “Our data clearly shows that employers in England & Wales are well on the road to recovery with demand for HR professionals continuing on an upward trajectory. And with businesses not only hiring again as the economy has opened up, but also contending with some of the worst talent shortages in years, it is easy to see why recruitment specialists are in such demand. As we progress throughout the next few months, we expect to see the market for HR professionals continue to perform exceptionally well.”

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