16 November 2000 | Cathy Hayward
Employment growth in purchasing is slower than in any other sector, according to the latest quarterly Recruitment Confidence Index (RCI).
Only 10 per cent of respondents predicted that the number of purchasing jobs would increase, a rise of 2 per cent on June's figure. Other sectors such as production and engineering are predicting growth of 38 per cent and 28 per cent respectively.
The picture is worse for management positions. Only 6 per cent of organisations expect to recruit management-level purchasers, a slight fall from 7 per cent in the June survey. Logistics staff fare slightly better, predicting growth of 19 per cent in the sector over the next six months.
But the situation is not all doom and gloom, according to Ian Almond, supply chain and procurement consultant at recruitment consultancy TMP Worldwide. "Recruitment in the sector has tailed off in the last two months, but this is because large blue-chip firms are putting plans in place for recruiting staff in the new year," he said.
The survey was conducted by Cranfield School of Management, the Daily Telegraph and TMP Worldwide. A total of 479 UK organisations from a cross-section of industry took part.