who took part

About the Survey


Respondents.  A comprehensive study of the HR community


Countries. From Singapore to Sweden


Different job titles. From Head of HR to Learning & Development Manager to HR Business Partner

Key Highlights

What you need to know

Recruitment, that’s what it’s about

27% of HR professionals say their board want them to focus on Recruitment – the most important aspect of the role for the second year running.

How’s your brand?

Building an employer brand is very important for nearly two thirds of recruitment teams as they aim to attract staff directly.

The future of recruitment

A quarter of organisations rely heavily on social media when it comes to recruitment, but HR are dipping their toes into the latest technology with some use of video interviews, automated CV assessments and chatbots.

The end of the annual appraisal?

Only a third of HR departments carry out annual reviews of their staff, which is closely followed by those that assess performance on an ongoing basis – 23%.

Diversity trailblazers and laggers

12% of HR staff believe their organisation is a diversity trailblazer, being ahead of the pack; double those that feel they are far behind.

Help your staff to help themselves

Although internal leadership development programmes accounted for 68% of development opportunities for employees, e-learning came in second, with two thirds of organisations offering this as a way for staff to learn in their own time.

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Welcome Letter

The Everywhere HR

HR engages every part of an organisation. From talent acquisition, to engaging staff, to leadership assessment and development, HR can play a vital role in the success and growth of an enterprise.

The unique ‘everywhereness’ of HR is a key strength; few functions have such a complete view of an organisation or have such an ability to influence the right people at the right times.

But ‘everywhere’ can also be a weakness. It can spread you too thinly, or make you too focused on process rather than creating value.

This year’s Harvey Nash HR Survey, now in its eighth year, reflects the views of over 1100 HR professionals from across the world. It reflects the wide range of challenges and opportunities that the ‘everywhere’ HR is now dealing with, and how successful HR leaders are creating winning strategies.

From automation to employer brand, board priorities to performance management, you’ll find data and insights that will help in your business and career planning.

Welcome to the 2019 HR Survey.

Albert Ellis, CEO

Albert Ellis