The number of procurement and supply chain vacancies in the UK rose by 22% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2017.
Robert Walters’ UK Jobs Index showed vacancies outstripped average job growth across other sectors, which stood at 11% over the same period.
“Despite political and economic uncertainty surrounding the general election earlier this year, employers have remained active in sourcing procurement and supply chain specialists across a range of industries,” said the recruitment firm.
Neil Morgan, associate director, said: “We have seen a steady increase in demand for procurement and supply chain professionals over the past few years as employers have come to recognise the important value that can be delivered by highly skilled professionals in these roles.
“However, Britain’s preparations for leaving the EU have placed an additional sense of urgency on securing top talent in these fields. With new trade relationships likely to develop, employers are acutely aware that adapting their supply chain and procurement strategies will be essential to achieving success.”
Morgan said the weak pound had boosted exporters and fuelled demand for supply chain specialists as firms seek to “capitalise on this opportunity and ensure that their supply chains are as efficient as possible”.
“As employers increasingly come to recognise the importance of efficient supply chains in achieving a profitable export network, professionals with the ability to build and implement these strategies are highly sought after,” said Morgan.
“Given the shortage of candidates with this in-demand skill set, employers are having to compete to secure top talent, moving quickly to make a job offer as well as offering generous salaries and benefit packages.”
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