Recruitment market on the up

26 March 2010

26 March 2010 | Allie Anderson

The UK purchasing jobs market is set to gain buoyancy over the coming months as permanent posts open up across the country, recruiters have reported.

A market update by procurement recruitment consultancy Edbury Daley out this week said permanent vacancies have been rising steadily since the end of 2009.

Other recruiters agreed and said this is the result of both general optimism in the UK economy and greater confidence among candidates, who are now more willing to move jobs. Richard Silk, account director at procurement consultancy CIPS GPA, said that up to 50 per cent of candidates are reporting that conditions are looking better for jobseekers.

But while the permanent job market is improving, demand for interims has slowed, according to Jonathan Ross, director of specialist recruitment firm Butler Ross. “This is possibly as a result of companies looking to strengthen their core procurement capabilities for the long term,” he told SM.

Edbury Daley director Andrew Daley agreed there had been a shift in focus. He said: “Cutting procurement staff during the recession is very short-sighted, but now people are starting to look forward again.”

It is a turnaround from the situation just a few months ago when recruiters reported problems appointing the right talent, despite the market being flooded with candidates.

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