Procurement job vacancies grew by 34 per cent in 2013

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
9 February 2014

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9 February 2014 | Will Green

There was a 34 per cent increase in the number of procurement job vacancies during 2013 and IT purchasing expertise was the most in demand, according to a report.

Edbury Daley's Quarterly Market Update said the second half of the year showed the highest growth in vacancies since the recruitment firm started measuring in 2009 and there was a “genuine full blown battle for the best talent”.

In quarter four of 2013 IT procurement roles made up 42 per cent of vacancies, with marketing some way behind with 15 per cent, followed by professional services (13 per cent) and HR (12 per cent).

The report said: “Developments in cloud-based technologies, big data analysis, increasingly powerful software applications, including strategic sourcing suites, are sure to continue and will put greater emphasis on the value of deep IT category expertise.”

Areas such as fleet, travel and facilities management made up between 2 per cent to 4 per cent of demand.

Edbury Daley predicted there would be “strong demand” for raw materials and packaging buyers in the pharmaceuticals and FMCG sectors, while experienced procurement consultants are “highly sought after”.

“In the short term the lack of experienced procurement consultants willing to move to direct competitors is going to cause major resource issues for the big consultancies already at full capacity with existing projects,” said the report.

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