Purchasers have skills to switch sectors

25 September 2012

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25 September 2012 | Adam Leach

The majority of supply chain professionals believe they are equipped with the transferable skills and experience to carry out the same job in a different sector.

A survey of 600 supply chain and logistics professionals published yesterday by JAM Recruitment found 93 per cent of respondents would “feel confident” moving to an equivalent role in a different industry. Furthermore, just under half of respondents said their skills were transferable to any sector.

Chris Kielthy, senior consultant at JAM Recruitment, said: “From a recruiter’s perspective, it is interesting to note how many of the respondents felt confident that their skillset would equip them for a logistics or supply chain role in a different industry sector and this applies at all levels of the pay scale. Managers can often be closed-minded toward recruiting professionals who lack experience in their sector, but this may be unnecessarily limiting the talent pool from which they can draw.”

The survey also found that supply chain professionals were unhappy with the balance between professional skill sets and remuneration. The majority, 86 per cent, felt that employers were demanding high levels of skill in their workforce without paying at the right level to access it. Concern over attracting new and up-and-coming supply chain talent was also evident from the results. Three quarters of respondents said their company had no plans to take on apprentices. And more than half, 52 per cent, revealed there was no plan to take on a graduate in the next year.

More generally, 61 per cent said their company was not investing in the skills of its workforce. The average salary of respondents was £40,000, but the 57 per cent who had been working in the profession for more than a decade felt they should be earning more.

Last week, a study by DSJ Partners found 52.2 per cent of buyers would consider relocating to another country in pursuit of a new job. The vast majority, 90 per cent, cited career progression as the main driver.

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