HR workers who wish to discover which skills they need to make their business effective and credible now have a checklist, thanks to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Effective management of change has been selected as the top HR skill, according to a poll on the CIPD’s online forum Communities, which was taken by 400 respondents from the HR community.

Almost half (46 per cent) of those who took part in the survey selected effective management of change as a core competency, while strategic thinking was selected by 44 per cent and business knowledge 36 per cent.

Rebecca Clake, organisation and resourcing adviser at the CIPD, says: "It is important that HR people develop a skill set which equips them to deal with the challenges of the current economic environment and for preparing their people and business for the future".

Meanwhile, a recent survey by the CIPD found job satisfaction has surprisingly increased since 2006, which may be a result of HR staff having a diverse skill set.