Fosway’s research collaboration with UNLEASH is now in its sixth year. The results of the 2018-19 HR Realities research will be announced at the UNLEASH World Conference & Expo in Amsterdam on 23rd and 24th November 2018 – further extending our existing body of research.

With input from 500+ senior HR leaders, from predominantly enterprise organisations across Europe, the research highlights the changing face of HR today, and looks ahead to the landscape of tomorrow. This research highlights HR’s increasingly strategic role within organisations and how they can best leverage and apply the available technology by:

  •  Understanding better the overall business challenges
  • Becoming more agile
  • Using high quality data analytics more effectively
  • Preparing for a digital ready culture

The headlines can be downloaded in our infographic, with more in-depth insight and analysis coming soon in our exclusive HR Realities 2018-19 reports.

“What is fascinating about the reality of HR today is the cumulative impact of change; the ongoing war for talent, the challenge of creating strong people experiences, the pure speed of technology development…all of these forces are converging and piling the pressure on HR. There is also no doubt now that AI will be a huge part of whether or not HR is fit for the future. 95% of respondents see AI as impacting their strategy and 45% believe it will be ‘truly significant’ in less than 2 years. But as well as offering new answers, the advent of the AI era will further magnify stresses on HR, maybe to breaking point.

This year’s data highlights the need for a new and more agile approach. Conservative HR strategies simply aren’t going to cut it going forwards, because by the time the ink is dry, things will have moved on. Increasing business agility is now the #2 business driver for 86% of HR professionals, second only to increasing performance and profitability. The days of software deployments taking 18+ months are rapidly becoming a distant memory. Moving at the pace of the business, particularly where HR technology is concerned, is now a must.

David Wilson, CEO, Fosway Group


To launch this year’s research results, Fosway delivered a packed presentation at this year’s UNLEASH Amsterdam. Our CEO, David Wilson took people through Agile, AI, Analytics and more…because the hype surrounding the future of HR technology keeps coming. But how can you truly transform your HR operation and ensure your organisation and your people are fit for the future of work? Our joint research with UNLEASH shares where HR solutions are today, and how ready organisations are for tomorrow. His insights included:

• Technology temperature check – where are we now?
• The impact of automation and AI on HR
• Future HR skills – priorities for 2025 and beyond
• HR investment trends – the what, where and why