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What is Resourcing and Talent Management in HR?

The world of HR is filled with lots of different specialisms and niches – something that makes it a popular area to work in for a lot of people.

Two of the most popular niches that attract a lot of people to HR are resourcing and talent management.

Both resourcing and talent management offer fulfilling long-term careers in HR, so it’s well worth getting to grips with the fundamentals of how each role operates.

Here’s a quick guide to how resourcing and talent management fit into the world of HR!


What is Resourcing?

Resourcing is a small term that covers a lot of things. It’s quite a flexible term that has several definitions, depending on the company that you use.

Most businesses use the term to refer to how they attract and recruit employees to the right roles at the right time. In this case, resourcing is about using workforce planning data and analytics, recruitment sources and

In some organisations though, resourcing is a term that’s used to describe the act of allocating work to employees, and choosing which teams are responsible for completing which tasks. It refers to the process of identifying which people would be best suited to completing a task, based on minimizing costs and maximising value to the overall organisation.

In general, HR employees working in resourcing-focused roles will perform tasks like:

  • Examining data to help plan resourcing and recruitment
  • Using recruiting sources to fill vacancies and roles
  • Designing and running assessment centres
  • Creating and improving processes for international hiring
  • Designing employee development programmes

What Roles are Available?

According to the CIPD, these are the main types of resourcing roles that are available in HR departments:

Recruitment Administrator
A recruitment administrator is the worker-bee of the resourcing section of a HR department. An entry-level role, where you’ll be responsible for supporting and implementing the overall recruitment strategy of your HR department.

You’ll work closely with resourcing coordinators, advisors and managers to implement strategies, arrange interviews, book rooms, complete paperwork and file digital admin.

Resourcing Coordinator
This role is responsible for carrying out, and improving, the recruitment process. You’ll create and improve content such as job descriptions, you’ll post vacancies to jobs boards and social media and you’ll arrange and monitor recruitment campaigns. You may be asked to help interview candidates too.

Resourcing Advisor
In this role, you’ll interview candidates, create specialist recruitment content, engage and liaise with senior managers and finalise contract details.

Recruitment and Selection Manager
As a recruitment and selection manager, you’ll manage the resourcing activities of a small team of employees in the HR department.

Reporting to the Head of Resourcing or the Director of Recruitment, you’ll be responsible for ensuring that the recruitment strategy of your organisation is carried out through delegating recruitment tasks, carrying out candidate interviews and examining recruitment data.

Head of Resourcing
The Head of Resourcing is ultimately responsible for the recruitment work of the entire HR department and is directly answerable to the overall Director of Recruitment – although in some companies, the Head of Resourcing will be the most senior resourcing employee at a company.

Director of Recruitment

The most senior role in resourcing that you’ll be able to rise to, in this position you’ll be responsible for making strategic decisions about recruitment at an organisation. You’ll manage a department and deal with a wide range of stakeholders – from other senior management and board members, through to external contacts too.

Average Resourcing Salaries

In general, you can expect to make anywhere between £18,000 to £60,000+ in resourcing roles, depending on the experience level that the role you’re applying for calls for.

Talent Management

What is Talent Management?

Talent management is all about maximising the efficiency, productivity and potential of employees in a workplace by using workforce planning techniques to identify, develop and retain talented employees.

In general, HR specialists who work in talent management will, carry out day-to-day activities like:

  • Measuring the value of employee development
  • Creating succession and contingency strategies
  • Creating employee development plans
  • Building talent pools
  • Using metrics and data to analyse the state of employee development at an organisation

What Roles are Available?

Again, the CIPD lists the main types of talent management roles that are available which is well worth a read, if you’re interested. Here’s a summary of the main positions though, along with an explanation of their duties.

Talent Co‐ordinator
This entry-level role provides administration support for the wider talent management and employee development team at an organisation. They’ll complete digital admin, arrange and book meetings and write up meeting minutes.

Talent Specialist
Talent Specialists are responsible for finding, developing and retaining high-potential employees in an organisation. They’ll work with management to devise and implement employee development plans, and monitor the performance of the organisation’s development and retention strategy.

Talent Manager
The Talent Manager is normally responsible for managing a small team of specialist HR staff, whose job it is to implement the talent management of an organisation. They’ll delegate work, engage with a range of internal and external stakeholders, and play a leading, on-the-ground role in implementing policy and strategy in a HR department.

Director of Talent
Responsible for the overall direction of talent management at a company, the Director of Talent will set strategy and directly work with other senior management, board members and internal and external stakeholders to develop a clear talent management strategy. This role calls for exceptional leadership skills, along with strategic and analytical thinking.

Average Talent Management Salaries

Average salaries for talent management are similar to those for resourcing. Overall, you can expect to earn between £19,000 to £60,000+ in talent management roles. Again, the exact amount will vary depending on the seniority of the position you’re applying for.

Generally, though, entry-level talent management roles will see you earn around £18,000 to £22,000; a management role, between £24,000 and £40,000 and a senior management role could see you earn around £50,000 and up.

Have you got a better idea of what resourcing and talent management in HR is all about now? We hope that you put what you’ve learned to good use and develop an exciting career in the area today.

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