Human Resources Professionals in Highest Demand

A role is awarded points if it is above average demand compared to other human resources roles. Roles that had below-average demand received zero points toward their score. Roles were scored by comparing their 2022 growth to the second half of 2021.

  • HR Assistants5.62

  • HR Benefits Specialists2.68

  • Payroll Specialists2.27

  • HR Managers1.70

Ranking of roles is based on a proprietary analysis of more than 240,000 positions posted on more than 100 independent job boards and company websites.

Human Resources Managers’ Hiring Plans

July–December 2022

Hiring for new roles

Hiring for vacated roles

Increasing the number of contract employees in their department

Finding Skilled Talent is Toughest in these Areas

of HR managers say it’s challenging to find skilled professionals

The most challenging areas to hire for:

  • Human resources
  • Compensation and benefits
  • Recruitment

HR Workers are Filling the Gaps

Areas where companies are most likely to hire HR professionals on a contract basis in the second half of 2022:

  • Human resources
  • Recruitment
  • Training and development

of companies currently hire contract HR employees

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Data Sources:

*Robert Half calculations are based on job postings provided by TalentNeuron™, a comprehensive source of global labour market analytics by Gartner.

Labour Force Summary — December 2022, Statistics Canada, January 6, 2023

Labour Unemployment Numbers — December 2022, Statistics Canada, January 6, 2023

Online surveys developed by Robert Half and conducted by independent research firms in 2022. Respondents include executives, senior managers and employees from small (20-249 employees), medium (250-499 employees) and large (500+ employees) private, publicly listed and public sector organizations across Canada.