North American HR Leaders Rank Talent Acquisition and Compensation and Benefits as Top Priorities, Indicating Optimism

North American HR Leaders Rank Talent Acquisition and Compensation and Benefits 
as Top Priorities, Indicating Optimism Regarding
Economic Recovery 
NEW YORK, NEW YORK and TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/18/13
-- (LSE:MPI) Global research released today has uncovered the impact
of North America's slow but steady economic recovery on recruitment:
90% of businesses in North America are planning to recruit in 2013,
compared to a less encouraging 76% of organisations in Europe.  
The study comes from the Michael Page Global HR Barometer 2013, a
survey of over 4,300 HR leaders across the globe carried out by
worldwide recruitment specialist Michael Page.  
It also found that a solid recruitment and talent acquisition
strategy was top priority for 2013 for HR leaders in North America
(compensation and benefits ranked second). The study reveals that
talent acquisition is also the most common function among HR leaders
globally. Despite being a key area of focus for HR professionals, for
half of businesses the search for good candidates remains "difficult"
or "very difficult". As a result, North American HR departments and
companies are adopting multiple channels to source the best talent:
96% use online job-posting sites, 88% use their own company websites
but only 75% employ recruitment consultancies. The percentage of
North American HR leaders who rely on external recruitment help is
lower than the global average which is closer to 83%. One thing that
HR leaders agree on across all regions however is that recruitment
consultancies are the best route to finding and recruiting at
managerial levels and above.  
Richard Vickers, Regional Managing Director of Michael Page North
America, comments: "It's not easy to find good people and it can be
equally tricky to retain them. Thankfully, HR leaders now have a
range of recruitment channels available and aren't shy about using
"Recruitment consultancies, in particular, have the experience and
the practice to make talent acquisition easier and more effective.
They have access to the widest range of suitable candidates and can
help HR leaders select the most appropriate person for the job.  
"Despite the economic recovery being slower than most would have like
in the region, a large majority of North American businesses are
still planning to recruit signalling an increase in optimism. It
means that acquiring the best talent in all areas is more important
than ever. In particular, companies need to attract quality HR
leaders so they can in turn help them bring in better managers in
other departments."  
In addition, the study found that employee retention is also a major
issue for HR leaders. Eight out of ten businesses globally now offer
work-life balance options, although outside Australia home office and
parental leave initiatives are still rare. Many offer health &
wellness programmes, although these are found least often in European
Vickers adds: "Finding good people is one thing; keeping them is
another. Work-life balance has become an integral part of the
retention agenda for most businesses worldwide, although evidence
suggests flexible working conditions such as working from home and
parental leave are not as widespread as they could be."  
The report also highlighted considerable variation in HR leaders' pay
and compensation packages globally: 40% of Asian companies and 35% of
those in Europe offer less than $75,000 per annum in compensation and
benefits to their HR directors and managers. The study indicates that
the highest income levels in the world are attained in Australia/New
Zealand (averaging $160,000 USD), Latin America (averaging $146,000
USD) and North America (averaging $142,000 USD). Financial services,
energy and consumer goods are the sectors with the highest-paid HR
Other key findings: 

--  Despite the challenges of acquiring talent, around one in five
    organisations have no KPIs in place to measure recruitment efficiency 
--  The most popular tool for retention is training & development, used by
    more than half of organisations. However, most training involves hard
    skills and only a small proportion touches on leadership and management
--  In North America, Europe and Australia, about 40% of HR leaders have a
    very low variable compensation (i.e. less than 5%). In Latin America,
    however, a quarter of companies offer a variable share of 20% or more 
--  Latin American businesses are most likely to outsource HR services, with
    Australia least likely to do so. Globally, the most common outsource is
    payroll, followed by temp operations and training 
--  59% of HR leaders are female (60% in small businesses; 45% in companies
    with 1,000+ employees) 
--  Globally, over 30% have more than 10 years' experience in their current
    role, rising to 42% among companies in North America.

About Michael Page  
Michael Page, part of PAGEROUP, is one of the world's leading
professional recruitment consultancies specializing in the search and
selection of candidates in permanent, contract, temporary and interim
positions with clients around the globe. We have over 35 years of
expertise in professional recruitment and have grown organically to
establish ourselves as one of the best-known and most respected
recruitment companies in the market. We currently employ more than
5,000 people in over 160 offices across over 30 countries worldwide. 
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Massimo De Paola
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