HR Directors Consensus 2024

HR Directors Consensus 2024: The shape of the HR Director role

A report brought to you by Principal Connections' HR Executive Search Practice


At Principal Connections, we partner with many of Ireland’s most senior HR Directors seeking to appoint the best leadership talent at home and from abroad. In addition, we also regularly advise such HR Executives when striving to achieve their own individual career goals.

In our view, the HR Director has had a lot to contend with in recent years. Most notably, talent acquisition and management, managing diversity, supporting evolving working arrangements, embracing AI innovations and new legislation, all in the face of an ongoing parade of crises, from the COVID pandemic to social upheaval.

Building on the foundations of earlier studies conducted by Principal Connections, we decided to undertake a research programme in April 2024, to explore the current disposition of the HR Director functional role in Ireland. The objective was to develop and provide a comprehensive understanding of what the role of the HR Director now means through capturing the views of those who understand it best.

Our research explored a diverse range of topics including CEO expectations, functional challenges, succession, core competencies, HR sentiment and more. We also endeavoured to focus on remuneration including fixed pay, benefits and bonus entitlements together with notice periods on resignation.

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