Procurement job market showing strain

13 July 2009

14 July 2009 | Allie Anderson

Purchasing and supply chain job vacancies have fallen significantly during the first half of 2009, recruitment experts report.

Gail Pyrah, director at recruitment specialists CIPS-GPA, said there had been a drop in both permanent and interim vacancies compared with the first six months in 2008.

Pat Law, director of Hays Purchasing & Supply, also noted a downturn in the market.

It follows a trading update by recruitment firm Michael Page last week, which revealed revenue generated by procurement and supply chain placements was down 24 per cent in the first half of 2009. A company spokesman said the figures reflected the number of appointments made.

Pyrah said job numbers have been "depressed for quite some time now". She added: "The market started to slow down this time last year and this has been continued and progressive."

She predicted procurement and supply chain jobs would continue to decline over the summer, both as a result of the recession and other employment trends, including fewer opportunities during school holidays.

But Pyrah believes the market will improve later this year. "We are seeing more confidence in the market. Indications lead us to believe things will start to happen mid to late September and businesses will start to get back to full flow."

Law added: "While jobs in procurement are lower in number than last year, there is still plenty happening."

A recent CIPS-GPA survey highlighted that procurement professionals believe confidence in the market will increase in the third quarter of 2009 (Web news, 22 June).


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