More than a third of firms plan to hire more purchasers

16 September 2013

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17 September 2013 | Will Green

More than a third of firms predict they will hire more procurement and supply chain professionals over the next 12 months compared with last year.

The Hays Procurement and Supply Chain Market Overview and Salary Guide 2013-2014 showed the profession had bucked the trend of reduced staff and “while many organisations have reduced their headcount in other areas, there has been an effort to retain resource in procurement”.

Some 70 per cent of firms predicted their business activity would increase over the next 12 months, with jobs growth strongest in manufacturing and the public sector.

The report said: “Contrary to popular opinion, there is a lot of recruitment activity in the public sector – the considerable amount of restructuring taking place has created a significant need for category and change management experience, particularly in local government and the NHS.”

However, the report revealed nearly half of employers were concerned about skills shortages, with 63 per cent worried candidates are not experienced enough and 36 per cent concerned job seekers are not qualified enough.

Meanwhile, more than half of respondents in the survey said their workforce got a pay rise at least equal to inflation in the past year, but 26 per cent said salaries were unchanged, 15 per cent were below inflation increases and 7 per cent received a pay cut.

Nicky Taberner, director of Hays Procurement and Supply Chain, said: “A sense of optimism is returning among sections of the procurement and supply chain sector with over 70 per cent of employers expecting to see their workload increase in the coming year.

“The economic climate has highlighted the need for better procurement practices and organisations want to ensure they have a robust supply chain in place. All of these factors mean the profile of procurement and supply chain continues to increase and professionals are much more visible to senior management.”

Typical salaries broken down by region:

North West England

Director of procurement £90,000

Buyer £27,500


Yorkshire and the Humber

Director of procurement £100,000

Buyer £28,000


North East England

Director of procurement £80,000

Buyer £25,000


West Midlands

Director of procurement £120,000

Buyer £30,000


East Midlands

Director of procurement £120,000

Buyer £28,000


Greater London

Director of procurement £150,000

Buyer £34,000


South East England

Director of procurement £100,000

Buyer £30,000


Northern Ireland

Director of procurement £60,000

Buyer £25,000


East of England

Director of procurement £110,000

Buyer £32,000


South West England

Director of procurement £90,000

Buyer £27,000


Scotland

Director of procurement £100,000

Buyer £28,000


Wales

Director of procurement £85,000

Buyer £18,000

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