The latest Robert Walters UK Jobs Index has revealed that the number of advertised jobs for across a range of professions has increased in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2015.
The two disciplines which saw the highest growth in the number of roles advertised were procurement and supply chain, as well as secretarial and business support, with growth at 43% and 28% respectively.
"The figures are very encouraging, suggesting an attitude of measured confidence among businesses who are still looking to fill vacancies traditionally associated with business growth," said said Chris Hickey, CEO - UK, Middle East and Africa.
Procurement and supply chain professionals in high demand
Demand for procurement and supply chain professionals has been fuelled by the manufacturing, retail and FMCG sectors where developing efficient supply chain processes is becoming an increasingly high priority.
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 figures are very encouraging, suggesting an attitude of measured confidence among businesses who are still looking to fill vacancies traditionally associated with business growth
Secretarial and support
Increased consumer spending has led to growth among businesses with a strong e-commerce presence, as well as firms involved in property, hospitality and media.
As these firms expand, employers are looking to take on additional secretarial and support professionals to provide essential support services to ensure their businesses can accommodate this growth.
About the UK Job Index
The Robert Walters UK Job Index tracks job advertisement volumes over leading job boards across the UK in sectors such as accounting and finance, HR, legal, marketing, secretarial and support, supply chain and treasury.
Released on a quarterly basis, the report provides an indicative summary of recruitment activity being experienced across major national markets as well as key industry comparisons.
Read the individual sector results here: