Booming economy drives 71% of procurement hiring managers to recruit

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The employment market looks positive for supply chain and procurement professionals, with 71% of supply chain and procurement employers expressing plans to hire staff in the second half of 2015.

The results of the Robert Walters Hiring Intentions Survey have also shown that demand is highest for mid level employees (71%) followed by junior and management level staff (both 46%).

In light of the economic recovery many UK firms are looking to grow.

In order to maximise their effectiveness throughout this expansion, they are recognising the importance of acquiring high-quality procurement professionals to support business growth.

The emphasis we have seen on recruiting mid-level candidates reflects the need to fill roles such as category managers and analysts.

71% of employers said that anticipated business growth was the main factor guiding their hiring strategies for the second half of the year. This reflects positive attitudes towards the UK's economic prospects from the first 6 months of 2015.

The results also showed that demand for permanent staff was high, with 54% of those surveyed saying they would be primarily seeking professionals to fill permanent roles. Just 8% said that they would be looking mainly for contract staff.

The preference for permanent staff is widespread, and indicates that many businesses are recognising the need for a strong permanent procurement function. Professionals seeking contract work will find opportunities primarily in organisations which are undergoing business transformations and seeking to establish credible procurement departments.

There remains a need for interim procurement professionals where these projects are time constrained.

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