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Human Resource JobsThe human resources (HR) industry is very competitive. It includes the following segments: Recruitment and staffing, compensation/payroll, employee benefits, talent management/employee relations, training and development, and compliance. All aspects of HR can be outsourced - an increasing number of companies are contracting with specialized HR companies to deal with various aspects of HR management. The main benefits of outsourcing human resources activities include the containment and reduction of costs of routine administrative and transactional work, reduced liabilities, reduced risk, better technology and saving time and increasing efficiency.

The majority of HR outsourcing includes information technology, which lets human resource services automate processes and eliminate some of the labor-intensive transactional and administrative procedures which have been a burden to HR professionals over the years. Human resource management system (HRMS) merges human resources management processes and activities with the information technology field.

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Human Resources Industry Facts
  • 80 percent of companies outsource at least one HR activity (Gartner, Inc.)
  • Human resource consulting is an $18.4 billion industry (workforce.com)
  • North America is the world's largest human resources business process outsourcing market (Gartner Research)
  • U.S. human resources industry revenue in 2010 was $55,334.7 (in millions), (IBISWorld)
  • In the U.S., in 2010, there were 230,610 human resources establishments (IBISWorld)

Human Resources Employment Background

The human resources services industry includes an array of careers. The educational backgrounds of employees vary considerably, reflecting the diversity of duties as well as the levels of responsibilities. Many human resources consultants have specialized qualifications or certifications including actuarial, accountancy, finance, organizational psychology, educational, health and benefits, general consulting, human resources or compensation.

Human Resources Sector Employment Statistics

  • There were about 675,454 employees in the human resources industry in 2010 (IBISWorld)
  • In 2008 there were approximately 12,900 self-employed managers and specialists working as consultants to private and public employers (Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS))
  • The number of training and development specialists in 2008: 216,600 (BLS)
  • The number of employment, recruitment and placement specialists in 2008: 207,900 (BLS)
  • There were 121,900 compensation, benefits and job analysis specialists in 2008 (BLS)
  • In 2008 there were 63,100 human resources managers (BLS)

Human Resources Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 22 percent employment growth from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Legislation and court rulings, revising standards in various areas, will increase the demand for human resources, training and labor relations experts. However, the BLS states job growth could be limited due to the widespread use of computerized human resources information systems which make employees more productive.

Demand may be strong for particular specialists such as those with knowledge and skills with job-specific training programs and for training and development specialists and also for employment, recruitment and placement specialists. The BLS also expects a demand for specialists in outsourcing companies which develop and administer complex employee benefits and compensation packages.