The number of procurement and supply chain jobs in the UK rose by 13% in the third quarter of 2017 compared to the same time last year, according to newly released figures.
The latest Robert Walters UK Jobs Index found that mid-level professionals were the most highly sought after, with IT procurement specialists in highest demand.
As businesses prepare to adapt to new economic conditions outside the European Union, developing new robust supply chains and procurement strategies is a high priority for employers.
“Businesses are aware of the significant impact poor supply chain strategies can have on the bottom line and as a result, securing top calibre procurement and supply chain specialists is a high priority,” said Neil Morgan, Associate Director.
“In particular, as businesses prepare to adapt to new conditions following Brexit, supply chain and procurement professionals with an international background are highly sought after.”
“Developments in e-commerce have led many employers to initiate projects to develop their online presence and expand their market share, in turn triggering demand for specialist IT procurement professionals.
“Among financial services firms, pressure from regulators to develop robust data protection systems has made IT procurement a particularly high priority.
“Given that employers face significant skills shortages in this space, hiring managers will need to ensure that salaries are on offer to secure top talent, as well as promoting the opportunities a role can offer for structured career progression.”