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Human Resources Consultants
Approximately 60 percent of a company’s expenditures are tied to human capital, and companies have realized that investing in this human capital pays off in improved worker productivity, better recruiting and retaining of quality workers, and lowered HR expenses. Thus, the career of HR consultant continues to grow in popularity.
Major HR consulting specialties include the following:
Other HR consulting specialties include technology and systems, strategy and planning, policies and procedures, health and safety, and compliance.
Some experts categorize human resources consulting as a subsector of management consulting, while others consider it a separate discipline. Human resources consultants have a wide range of duties, depending on their employer and the needs of their clients. These are some examples of typical duties for HR consultants:
External HR consultants are employed by consulting firms such as Mercer LLC and Towers Watson or management consulting firms such as Deloitte that have HR consulting departments. They work with clients on a project basis, and clients are billed by the hour for consultants’ services. Internal HR consultants work as salaried employees for companies and other organizations, and they provide advice only to their employer. Other HR consultants are self-employed and run their own consulting firms.