Supply chain jobs show strongest growth of any sector

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The latest Robert Walters UK Jobs Index has revealed that the number of advertised jobs for supply chain professionals has increased by 43% in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2015. 

Demand has been fuelled by the manufacturing, retail and FMCG sectors where developing efficient supply chain processes is becoming an increasingly high priority. 

“Businesses are under growing pressure to supply products with shorter and shorter lead times, so an efficient supply chain is a top priority,” said Lee Carey, Senior Consultant for Supply Chain recruitment at Robert Walters.

Businesses place supply chain as top priority

“In addition to improving supply chain efficiency to remain competitive and meet demand, employers are also striving to reduce supply chain costs,” Carey said. 

This demand has left supply chain professionals in a strong position when looking to change jobs, with those who have the experience and skills to contribute to wider business strategy in particularly high demand.

“This has led many firms to recruit for roles related to improving forecast accuracy, reducing expenditure and efficiently managing stock levels,” Carey continued.

Boutique firms capitalise on supply chain efficiency

In addition to large employers looking to recruit supply chain professionals, small boutique supply chain consultancies offering outsourcing services are also seeking to expand. 

“The demand for supply chain professionals is spread across large established firms as well as smaller specialist consultancies."

“For smaller firms who do not have a dedicated supply chain team, outsourcing to these boutique firms represents a sound investment in improving efficiencies,” Carey said.

“This breadth of demand has created a very positive climate for supply chain professionals, with demand for their skills and experience outstripping supply in many cases.”

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