UK leads European rise in supply chain jobs

Gurjit Degun
26 May 2014

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27 May 2014 | Gurjit Degun

The number of supply chain and logistics vacancies has risen by 26 per cent overall in Europe year-on-year, according to research by recruitment firm Robert Walters.

In the UK roles posted on job boards in this sector have shown 38 per cent growth year-on-year. The figures are drawn from the European Jobs Index, a research tool created by Robert Walters that tracks volumes advertised across industry-leading job boards.

Compared to the first quarter in 2013, employers in the north west have been recruiting at the greatest pace, driving a 60 per cent increase in the number of available jobs. The Midlands saw a 43 per cent rise, and vacancies in London increased by 22 per cent.

The research found that overall there were more new supply chain and logistics positions than in accounting, where vacancies were up by 24 per cent and in financial services, which rose by 20 per cent.

Andy Wilkinson, manager of supply chain and logistics recruitment at Robert Walters, said: “Supply chain management has risen as an operational priority as companies look to cut costs and drive efficiencies throughout the business. With the market picking up there is an increased need to mitigate risk, ensuring supply lines are effective at meeting changes in demand.

“Many hiring managers are looking for experienced candidates with an in-depth understanding of their industry sector. Over the last 12 months, the most successful candidates have been those with CIPS qualifications and a background in international supply chains, low cost country sourcing, ethical sourcing or sustainable sourcing.”

Across Europe, Spain saw an 18 per cent rise and France a 9 per cent increase in supply chain and logistics job posts. Vacancies in the Netherlands and Germany rose at a slower pace, by 5 per cent and 6 per cent respectively, while the number of supply chain and logistics jobs available in Belgium dropped by 9 per cent year-on-year.

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