Trends by Function: Human Resources

Each year, Business Talent Group releases the High-End Independent Talent Report, looking across industries and business functions to analyze how business leaders deploy top independent talent to fill critical skill, expertise, and leadership gaps. Here are the key human resources trends for 2021.

Human resources faced bigger challenges in 2020 than nearly any other function—from right-sizing workforces and keeping employees safe to adjusting to the widespread shift to remote work. As companies seek to reopen offices and plot resourcing for the new normal, HR leaders require independent experts in everything from organizational design and compensation strategy to technology implementations—as well as interim leadership to fill gaps in critical roles.

PROJECT CATEGORIES: Human Resources

25% Organization
24% Interim Executive
23% Strategy
17% Operations
11% Transformation

 

MOST IN-DEMAND PROJECTS

Interim Leadership

Human Capital

Marketing and Sales

Business Processes

Planning

Service Operations

MOST IN-DEMAND SKILLS

Organizational Design and Workforce Planning

Project Management

Compensation Strategy

Tech and Systems Implementation

Organizational Transformation

Operational Excellence

Communications

Benefits Planning and Management

SAMPLE HUMAN RESOURCES PROJECTS

  • Partner with business leaders on people-related strategy and execution of career planning, performance management, and more as an interim HR Business Partner
  • Serve as an interim Benefits Manager to design and implement health and welfare benefits programs
  • Develop and set up new total rewards programs for multinational workforce
  • Research and enhance the employee experience across internal digital platforms
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