Jobs market stands still

9 August 2000
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10 August 2000 | Cathy Hayward

Purchasing, logistics and distribution recruitment will remain minimal over the next six months, according to Cranfield School of Management, writes Cathy Hayward.

Purchasing, logistics and distribution recruitment will remain minimal over the next six months, according to Cranfield School of Management.

Its latest quarterly Recruitment Confidence Index (RCI), released last week, showed that 7 per cent of organisations expect to take on purchasing staff and 9 per cent of logistics and distribution companies anticipate recruiting in the period. This compares with 60 per cent of firms in the service sector.

"The recruitment industry is usually static over the summer," said Ian Almond, supply chain and procurement consultant at recruitment company TMP Worldwide. "We expect a slight rise towards the end of the year."

But almost half of the 790 large businesses quizzed expect difficulties in recruiting purchasing, logistics and distribution staff because of the current rate of unemployment - the lowest in 25 years.

Employers are offering more attractive work packages to attract and retain the right staff.

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