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Josh Bersin to Present Research Findings on What Drives Success for Today’s HR and Learning Professionals

Public webinar to be based on highlights of new Bersin & Associates report, The Career Factbook for HR and Learning Professionals

Oakland, CA – July 14, 2009 -- Bersin & Associates, the only research and advisory firm focused on enterprise learning and talent management, today announced it will offer a free webinar, "Highlights from the New (and First) Career Factbook for HR and Learning Professionals."  The webinar will be presented by Josh Bersin, president, on Thursday, July 16, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. ET.  To register, go to

During this webinar, Bersin will share findings from Bersin & Associates’ recently published study, The Career Factbook for HR and Learning Professionals, an in-depth analysis of the demographics and characteristics of today’s HR and learning profession. Based on key findings of a survey of more than 1,300 HR and learning professionals, the webinar will help attendees gain insight into which skills and experiences translate into professional success.  The session also will include statistics and trends in these and other areas: career development, professional skills and competencies, compensation, and career satisfaction and progression.

"This study was designed with the particular goal of helping HR and L&D professionals and executives understand what really drives career success,” said Josh Bersin.  “This webinar is an excellent opportunity for HR and L&D professionals – as well as business leaders and others who work with them – to see not only how they compare to peers worldwide in terms of skills and experience but the biggest challenges they face in organizations today."

The Factbook can be downloaded for free by visiting

Following are representative findings:

  • HR and learning professionals are highly motivated by a desire to help people, improve their organizations, and gain the respect of their organizations.  Compensation is a relatively low driver of job satisfaction in most areas of the profession.
  • Experience, rather than education, is the biggest differentiator between executives and practitioners in the HR and learning profession.  Most executives have line-of-business experience and emphasize skills such as planning, communication, and budgeting.
  • The profession is comprised of highly educated individuals.  Thirty-four percent of respondents have bachelor’s degrees, 51% have master’s degrees, and 7% have doctorate degrees.  Generally, individuals are highly tenured.  More than 40% have fifteen or more years in the profession; 66% have ten years or more.  Sixty-two percent of individuals in the profession are female; yet senior HR and learning executives are more likely to be male.
  • Average compensation ranges $67,381 for those with two to five years of experience to $115,200 for those with 15 or more years of experience.  Managers can expect to earn 7% more than non-managers, directors can expect to earn 42% more than managers, and vice presidents and other senior executives can expect to earn 25 to 30% more than directors.  But, it’s important to note that compensation is near the bottom of the list of motivators for those in the HR and learning profession.
  • Professionals highly value talent management software, learning management software, assessment solutions, and executive coaches as important support resources for their organizations.  Applicant tracking systems, HR technology consultants, and strategic HR consultants were rated lowest in perceived value.

About Bersin & Associates

Bersin & Associates is the only research and advisory firm focused solely on research in enterprise learning, talent management, and talent acquisition.  The company’s WhatWorks® membership program is designed to deliver actionable and practical guidance and to improve operational effectiveness and business impact.

Bersin & Associates research members gain access to a comprehensive library of best practices, case studies, benchmarks, and in-depth market analyses designed to assist professionals in making fast and confident decisions.  Members also have direct access to analysts and a wide range of tested tools and models to address both strategic and day-to-day challenges. More than 5,000 organizations have used Bersin & Associates’ research to guide talent and corporate learning strategies.

Research areas include planning and strategy, learning programs and delivery, talent management, leadership development and succession planning, talent acquisition, technology and infrastructure, informal learning, social networking, measurement and analytics. For more information, go to or call 561 455 0622, extension 223.