Procurement and supply chain specialists likely to take work home

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Professionals in procurement and supply chain are most prone to taking assignments home or working on their days off, according to our latest Career Lifestyle Survey. 

The results of the survey show that 41% regularly work overtime across a majority of weekdays, significantly more than in IT (23%), financial services (30%) or accountancy (34%).


Procurement and supply chain professionals are also revealed to be among the hardest working, with more than four in ten regularly taking work home or coming into their office at weekends. The same applies to only a fifth of those in marketing, 31% in HR and 34% in legal. 

As a result of this, the vast majority of procurement and supply chain specialists (90%) feel their work contributes directly to the success of the business.

"Longer working hours reflect the increased importance of supply chain and procurement functions to the wider business, particularly in sectors where cost-cutting and efficiency measures continue to set the agenda." James Franklin, Manager of Procurement and Supply Chain Recruitment at Robert Walters.

Work culture and career progression

Among procurement and supply chain professionals, the main reasons for leaving a job are non-financial. Three in ten would seek a new role for lack of career progression opportunities or an unsupportive boss, with poor company culture contributing to 23% of departures. Only 13% would leave because of a disappointing salary review.

When questioned about career satisfaction, more than half of procurement and supply chain professionals ranked work-life balance or interest in the work as ‘very important,’ with just 38% rating pay & benefits at the same level.

By comparison, remuneration is graded as ‘very important’ to 63% of professionals in financial services, 60% in sales and 56% in legal. 

The vast majority of procurement and supply chain specialists (90%) feel their work contributes directly to the success of the business.

About the survey

The 2014 Robert Walters Career Lifestyle Survey questioned 755 professionals on a range of career lifestyle questions, including attitudes to career progression, work-life balance, working overseas and their contribution towards the success of the business.

Access results of the Robert Walters Career Lifestyle Survey in PDF.

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