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2010 Talent Management Survey Reveals Growing Confidence

Talent Q research reveals 55 percent of organisations plan to increase investment in talent in 2010, suggesting returning confidence - Large organisations still planning significant headcount reductions

Oxford, United Kingdom, March 08, 2010 --( New research, by employee assessment firm Talent Q, reveals that over half (55 per cent) of UK organisations are anticipating increasing their investment in talent management in the year ahead, up 15 per cent on 2009. The results of Talent Q’s latest annual talent management survey suggest increased confidence across nearly all sectors and proactivity on the part of the HR community in leading their organisations out of the downturn.

Talent Q’s second annual survey canvassed the views of 225 senior HR professionals, which together employ some 10 per cent of the UK’s workforce, on a range of talent management issues. The overall findings seem to back up Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s recent comments on ‘encouraging signs’ in the jobs market and may be a further indication of the end of the recession.

However, the Talent Q report also reveals that further headcount reductions are still very likely, especially for larger organisations. Of the employers which responded to the survey with 50,000+ employees, almost 50 per cent intend to make further cuts during the next 12 months.

The Talent Q Survey tracks movements in opinion since the 2009 survey and examines how HR professionals have weathered the challenges of the past 12 months. It also looks ahead to the next 12 months and captures respondents’ views on how prepared they are to address the upcoming challenges concerning effective talent management.

Attitudes to talent management strategy over the next 12 months were distinctly more positive when compared with results from 2009. Respondents reported that they would be implementing changes, with only 26 per cent reporting that strategy in this area would remain unchanged (compared to 38 per cent in 2009).

Looking to the next 12 months, organisations report their intention to adapt their talent management strategies in preparation for the economic upturn which includes increased investment in the development of their existing talent pool, redefining what they look for in new employees, and a drop in intention to reduce headcount.

Even beleaguered financial services organisations have begun re-investing in talent, with 71 per cent planning to spend more, albeit this relates to a very low base last year. Similarly, investment in this area is also relatively high in the public sector (61 per cent) and utilities organisations (58 per cent). Other sectors, which may be more severely impacted by the recession, appear to be significantly less confident with regard to investment. Less than half (46 per cent) of respondents in retail/consumer, and 42 per cent of the professional services sector, plan to up their investment.

Dr Alan Bourne, director of Talent Q, said: "The stated intention to increase expenditure on employee development is a welcome message, indicating a renewed focus on existing talent within organisations. The intention to re-examine what is required in new hires is also a positive response, indicating that organisations are taking on board some of the lessons of the past few years."

Full details of the survey can be found at:


For more information please contact:
Andrew Baud, Tala PR, 07775 715775,

Notes to editors:
Talent Q enables employers to recruit and manage talent through sophisticated assessment of the personality and intelligence of its people.

It is run by highly experienced business psychologists who continue to influence much of the accepted thinking in respect of personality and intelligence and its impact in the workplace.

The survey was conducted between September and December 2009.
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Talent Q
Andrew Baud
07775 715775

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