Pay for buyers rose 7 per cent in 2013

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
12 February 2014

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13 February 2014 | Will Green

Salaries for procurement professionals climbed by an average 7 per cent during 2013, according to a survey.

The Robert Walters Salary Survey 2014 shows pay increased across both permanent and contract roles, driven by a number of factors including “shortages of quality professionals” and increasing demand for “suitably qualified individuals” as “national and international corporations start to centralise procurement”.

The recruitment company, which operates across the South East, Midlands and North West, said said pay for contractors rose fastest in the Midlands and North West. In London increases in salaries for permanent staff were around 6 per cent, compared to 5 per cent for temporary staff.

James Franklin, manager of procurement and supply chain at Robert Walters London, said: “Contractors were very much flavour of the month during the downturn, with businesses facing high cost pressures and a reticence to invest in permanent staff. However, we expect this to change this year as shortages grow and the issue of succession planning becomes more apparent.

“Demand from companies in the FMCG and pharmaceutical sectors in particular is expected to climb as the economy improves and the influence of supply chain and procurement solutions grows.”   


2014 salaries:

London and South East


CPO – £100,000-£260,000

Senior buyer – £45,000-£60,000

Contract day rate

CPO – £600-£1,200

Senior buyer – £350-£450




CPO – £75,000-£160,000

Senior buyer – £38,000-£55,000

Contract day rate

CPO – £700-£1,500

Senior buyer – £275-£400


North West


CPO – £80,000-£170,000

Senior buyer – £30,000-£45,000

Contract day rate

CPO – £600-£1,200

Senior buyer – £210-£400

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