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Procurement job vacancies grew in 2013

Feb 11
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Procurement job vacancies grew in 2013

There was a 34 per cent rise in the number of procurement job vacancies during 2013, with IT purchasing expertise being the most sought after, according to a new report.

Edbury Daley's ‘Quarterly Market Update’ revealed that the results from the second half of the year exhibited the highest growth in vacancies since the recruitment firm began measuring employment rates in 2009. The firm added that there was a “genuine full blown battle for the best talent”.

In the fourth quarter of 2013, IT procurement roles made up 42 per cent of vacancies, with marketing quite far behind with 15 per cent, followed by professional services at 13 per cent and human resources with 12 per cent.

The report stated: “Developments in cloud-based technologies, big data analysis, increasingly powerful software applications, including strategic sourcing suites, are sure to continue and will put greater emphasis on the value of deep IT category expertise.”

Sectors such as fleet, travel and facilities management made up between two and four per cent of the demand in employment collectively.

Edbury Daley has predicted there will be a “strong demand” for raw materials and packaging buyers in the pharmaceuticals and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors this year. The recruitment firm added that experienced procurement consultants will be “highly sought after”.

“In the short term the lack of experienced procurement consultants willing to move to direct competitors is going to cause major resource issues for the big consultancies already at full capacity with existing projects,” said the report.

Edbury Daley’s results complement other reports focusing on the growing strength of the UK’s economy. 

Last week, research from Markit/Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply revealed that the UK construction industry’s output has experienced its most rapid rise since August 2007. 

A separate report from the same organisation showed that the manufacturing sector continued to see a strong upswing in production in January, with increased demand from the domestic market and new business from overseas.

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