Procurement jobs set to grow rapidly, but skills shortage remains a problem for employers

15 July 2014

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15 July 2014 | Anna Scott

Permanent procurement and supply chain jobs could be set to increase with 63 per cent of surveyed employers saying they are prioritising such positions, according to the recruiter Robert Walters.

Asked about their hiring intentions for the second half of 2014, 60 per cent say that growth in the business or new business will have the greatest impact on recruiting patterns, nearly twice as many since the start of the year.

Junior procurement and supply chain staff will be in highest demand with 77 per cent looking to take on such professionals, although nearly seven in 10 (67 per cent) recruiting organisations will also be searching for experienced, mid-level staff. Half plan to recruit at management level.

Yet skills shortages remain a problem for the profession, with 55 per cent of employers surveyed expecting to experience a deficit of professionals with the requisite expertise in the second half of the year, according to Robert Walters’ Client Hiring Intentions Survey 2014.

James Franklin, manager of procurement and supply chain recruitment at the company, said growing businesses are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of strong procurement processes and an efficient supply chain.

“However, when the need to fill a general role arises at short notice, organisations tend to show greater flexibility than when recruiting for specialist positions,” he added. “Recruiting urgently-needed professionals with a high degree of technical expertise continues to represent one of the market’s most significant hiring challenges.”

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