Buyers job hunting

26 April 2009

27 April 2009 | Martha McKenzie- Minifie

A third of purchasing professionals are actively seeking to move job despite the UK's tightening employment market, the latest CIPS Purchasing & Supply R£wards Survey shows.

The annual survey, carried out by Croner Reward, found procurement professionals were satisfied and secure in their work - with 60 per cent responding that their job security was "good" or "excellent".

But about a quarter said they had no promotion prospects in their current organisation and 34 per cent were actively seeking to move job.

Pat Law, managing director at Hays Purchasing & Supply, said it was natural for workers to take a look at roles on offer.

The survey also found pay was on the rise for purchasing professionals. It recorded an average increase of 3.2 per cent last year, bringing the average basic salary to £32,000.This was higher than the £25,100 figure cited by the Office of National Statistics in its Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings as the median gross annual earnings for full-time employees last year.

The CIPS survey found big differences in the pay of senior staff compared with newcomers.

Directors could expect a basic salary of £85,000, heads of function £65,000, senior managers £50,000, middle managers £38,400, junior managers £29,950 and assistant managers £24,000.

The eighth Purchasing & Supply R£wards Survey included feedback from about 1,800 CIPS member respondents and figures from the Croner Reward databank.

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