Purchasers afraid to jump into new jobs

23 November 2012

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23 November 2012 | Adam Leach

Buyers are increasingly nervous about the risks of switching jobs and are instead opting to stick with their current employer.

The Procurement and Supply Chain Salary Survey 2012/13, launched yesterday by recruitment firm PSD Group, found that over the past 12 months, the number of procurement professionals who rejected jobs they had been offered has increased by 20 per cent. The firm attributed the rise to a combination of hesitation from individuals and a lack of determination to get the right candidate from the recruiting company.

Stephen Fletcher, director at PSD, said: “This is mainly down to two reasons. A nervousness of candidates to move from the relative safety of their current employer and also companies being quite slow, deliberate, uninspiring and complacent throughout the recruitment process. This is essentially putting the candidates off.”

He added if companies had a “robust, efficient and inspiring” recruitment process, they would stand a chance of attracting the top talent within the procurement profession to move jobs.

The survey also found of those currently in permanent employment that received a salary increase over the past year, the majority (around 60 per cent) saw their pay rise below the rate of inflation, while more than 25 per cent received no pay increase at all. Overall, the findings of the survey were in line with last year, with no significant increase in basic salary or bonuses across the pool of respondents.

But respondents appeared generally optimistic about 2013. When asked whether they expected their salary to increase over the next year, 68 per cent said yes. The majority was also positive about their employment prospects with 26.6 per cent very positive, 45.9 per cent positive and only 0.6 per cent very negative. Just 33.3 per cent of respondents are set in their current roles, with 40 per cent passively looking for a new role and 26.7 per cent proactively looking.

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