Positive outlook for UK purchasing jobs market

1 June 2011

1 June 2011 | Adam Leach

The UK jobs market for buyers continued to outperform most professions during the second quarter and looks set to improve further, according to a survey by recruitment specialists Edbury Daley.

The research activity is picking up across the sector with movement at the CPO level and a large increase in demand for category leaders and sourcing managers.

The study, which was completed by more than 100 purchasing and HR managers, predicts benefits brought about by activity at the top end of the sector will trickle down through to the lower levels. Analysing the findings the report said: “Movement at the top end of the market tends to filter down into a busier recruitment market generally, and after a slower period this is really encouraging for those who feel their career progression has been slowed by the recession.”

On a less positive note, the survey found things quietened down at the end of March/start of April because of budget restrictions at the end of the financial year. The Easter holidays and the extra bank holiday for the royal wedding were also reported to have pushed recruitment activity down across the sector slightly.

With regards to the private sector, the survey reports particularly strong growth in the FMCG sector, this is strongest for companies with medium and small procurement functions. Technology, events, travel and marketing procurement roles are in particularly strong health, outperforming HR and facilities.

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