The advent of new digital technologies is radically changing the world of work. If, on one hand, it is clear that the innovative drive led to the creation of new professional figures, on the other hand it is less immediate to understand the impact of this transformation on the professions of human resources.
What are the professions of human resources?
ESCO, the European classification of professions used in WollyBI, identifies three professions relevant for the HR area: Human resources managers, Training and staff development professionals and Personnel clerks.
Analyzing WollyBi’s data on the vacancies published on the web at national level shows us how the demand for these professions have changed over the years.
Even with a different orders of magnitude, the web advertisements for HR professions have increased in the last three years, especially for Training and staff development professionals: + 85% compared to 2015.
For all three HR professions, over 30% of the vacancies published on the web from 2015 to 2017 refer to job offers in Lombardy. Following the Veneto and Emilia Romagna Regions with shares between 10% and 14%. Moving towards the center of Italy, Lazio and Tuscany have rates between 5% and 8%, while going South, the contribution to the demand for HR professionals decreases further.
What are the required skills?
The ability to adapt to change and to create solutions to problems are the most requested skills for HR professionals, as well as, of course, the personnel management. But also digital skills are becoming an integral part of the sought profiles: more and more often are required not only basic computer skills but also the ability to use tools for online communication and social media management as well as the skills necessary to manage data, information and digital content.