01 September 2008
Salaries in purchasing and supply are continuing to increase at steady rate.
A study by recruitment firm Hays Purchasing & Supply found purchasing managers in the services sector can now expect to earn £44,453, compared with £42,615 last year. Managers in manufacturing and production saw a rise from £40,192 in 2007 to £41,857. Public sector pay rose by less, from £41,923 to £42,197.
But respondents said finding interesting work was a higher motivation for switching jobs than a bigger pay packet. And the biggest benefits employees want from a job were not performance-related bonuses but a pension scheme, named by 31 per cent, or flexible working, cited by 17 per cent.
Over a third of employers said their biggest recruitment challenge was finding experienced candidates. And 42 per cent of buyers believe the volatile economy will be the greatest challenge for the profession in the next five years.