17 December 2009 | Rebecca Ellinor
Procurement is one of two sectors expected to grow next year, a recruitment consultancy has predicted.
IT and procurement are “likely to see a significant increase in activity as companies look to find new ways to grow and more efficient ways of working with suppliers”, according to The World of Work report from Badenoch & Clark.
With business success increasingly reliant on IT supply chain management to deliver more for less, it believes the most important skill will be project management.
In HR, another key area, the report expected personnel departments to revisit some more strategic areas of their work around resources planning and said “more enlightened procurement expertise could take costly process and transactional work out of the HR arena”.
Looking back at 2009, the biggest trend in purchasing was a blurring of the public and private sector boundaries, with professionals regularly moving from one sector to the other.
Happiness in the workplace, perhaps unsurprisingly, has fluctuated widely in the past 12 months. The overall direction for 2010 will be closely tied to the strength of economic recovery but early signs are positive. “If current trends persist then the average professional is likely to be a happy one by the end of next year,” said the report.
The report predicts a “slow but steady” recovery, with many employers unfreezing hires, but cautioned “normality has changed” with many having learnt to live leaner in the past year. It expects organisations to continue to use slim teams of the best talent, coupled with better use of technology and processes.
Finally, it said the threat to jobs in the UK “probably hovers most over the public sector”, although it may be 2011 before “any new government’s actions on reducing the debt burden even begin to come to fruition”.