30 November 2000 | David Arminas
Temporary supply management staff are more likely to be offered permanent jobs than any other group, according to recruitment specialist Supply Chain Personnel (SCP).
The average conversion to full-time work for temporary placements for all professions with SCP is around 10 to 15 per cent, said operations director Mark Williams, but the figure for supply chain is 20 per cent.
This is typical of a developing job market, as jobs become a career path than simply positions with few growth or development prospects. “People now coming in are more ambitious and want to move on with a career,” he added.
SCP opened its temporary contracts division a year ago and has placed more than 200 staff. Positions include warehouse workers to production planners and purchasing managers, with an average contract length of three to six months.
“Production planners are the most sought after and typically command around £20,000 to £25,000 a year,” said Williams.
Ian Almond, supply chain and procurement consultant at human resources consultancy TMP Worldwide, agreed there was a trend towards more temporary placements being turned into full-time jobs. This was indicative of companies recognising the growing importance of procurement as a strategic position.
“A lot of big blue-chip companies are now thinking along these lines,” Almond said. “They are catching the staff as they come around.”
At the strategic end of the market, the most sought after people will have experience of implementing e-procurement systems. “The question is what added value they will bring to contracts within a couple of years,” Almond said.
The most recent purchasing salary survey from Purcon Consultants, in September, showed average pay increases within the past year of 7.9 per cent. Purchasing managers led the way at 12.7 per cent.
Purcon also noted an increasing demand by newly formed supply chain management companies, especially dotcoms, to hire premium calibre purchasing people. As more companies follow an e-procurement path, these recruits handle sourcing and vendor management issues.