The latest Robert Walters UK Jobs Index has revealed that procurement and supply chain vacancies have risen across the UK, with the number of jobs available in the third quarter of 2017 up 7% compared to the same time last year.
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.
Neil Morgan, Associate Director, comments: "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. 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."
Digitalisation projects and projects overhauling internal systems have driven demand for IT procurement specialists, with much of demand coming from financial services.
Morgan continues: "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."
The Robert Walters Job Index tracks advertising volumes across leading job boards in Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. The Index was launched in Q1 2013.