29 March 2001 | Liam O'Brien
Purchasers are enjoying pay rises of almost three times the rate of inflation, according to a salary survey by Purcon Consultants.
The survey, based on a poll of 2,000 purchasers, found that average pay rises were 8.4 per cent in the year to March, taking the mean salary for the profession to £33,552.
The increases were not uniform. Purchasing directors' pay, for example, rose by 13.4 per cent to an average of £81,861, while senior buyers' salaries rose by only 7.5 per cent to £30,177.
The survey highlighted large regional differences in salaries, with the north-east topping the league with average increases of 12.1 per cent for the period.
The rises reflected skill shortages, said Jerry Smith, director of Purcon Consultants.