Talent management tops global HR challenge: new study

An international survey of mid- and senior-level HR professionals confirms that talent management is one of the biggest challenges globally.

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The 2015 Global HR Survey by specialist international HR recruiters Elliott Scott identified talent management as the biggest global challenge ahead of change management (2) and generalist HR (3).Respondents to the survey – candidates, clients and members of Elliott Scott’s social network of HR managers and directors – also gave their insights into key workplace satisfaction indicators and talent management, including details about the length of current employment, pay rise and bonus perceptions, the role of HR leadership in the organisation, and engagement.With most of the respondents based in Brazil, Hong Kong, Singapore and the US, the study also offers some detail on the regional nuances for international HR careers and global talent management.Affording insight into the relative mobility of HR leadership roles globally, three-quarters of respondents representing the Singaporean view were local, compared to 59 per cent in Hong Kong. In terms of foreign nationals, 17 per cent of respondents in the U.S. were from overseas, compared to 1 per cent in Brazil.Respondents in Brazil also report being the most engaged (73%). This is seven percentage points above the global average (66%) and ahead of the second-placed US (69%).Furthermore, respondents in Brazil were the most pleased with their latest pay and bonuses. They also had the second highest rate of being able to work from home (68%, after 74% for the U.S. ), which is some way ahead of the global average (63%), and 65 per cent of Brazilian respondents had at least 25 days of annual leave a year.In addition to the regional findings, the study was able to highlight how HR is perceived in the organisation. Almost seven in ten respondents (69%) globally believe the HR function has a seat at the executive table.The skills and attributes respondents most value in HR heads are their understanding of the business, their leadership and management style, followed by their ability to effect change within the organisation.The study's findings also raised the question of why in relatively a female-dominated profession, so few women make it to the top. Men comprise 85 per cent of roles at MD level while occupying globally 40 per cent of HR roles among the sample.Women predominate at every level until MD in the respondent firms, accounting for 54 per cent of HR directors, 68 per cent of managers and 76 per cent of analysts. Interestingly, more than 15 per cent of MDs are aged under 35.Please follow the links for more news and features from Re:locate on HR and talent management.