The number of supply and logistics vacancies advertised across the UK has grown by 25% in the third quarter of 2015 compared to the same time last year according to the latest Robert Walters UK Jobs Index.
The research shows that supply chain professionals saw the highest growth in demand for their skills in London and the South East with vacancies up 36% and more steady but still significant growth of 11% in the North West.
Quarterly increases in 2015
The number of available roles also rose from quarter to quarter, with the number of vacancies up 24% from the second quarter of 2015.
“The fact that we have seen significant growth from the second to third quarter is particularly encouraging. While the summer usually represents a slow time for recruitment on both the employer and candidate sides, it is evident that businesses are in a race to increase headcount in supply chain teams to take advantage of the opportunities for growth afforded by the improving economic outlook," said Neil Morgan, Manager - supply chain and procurement recruitment.
Key skills in demand
The importance of supply chain professionals to support business growth is becoming more widely recognised, and employers who want to strengthen their operations to take advantage of the UK’s economic growth are looking to increase their headcount in this discipline.
“In particular, we have seen high demand for category specialists in procurement, people with F and OP and demand management experience, alongside logistics professionals at the mid-to-senior level," Neil continued. The importance of supply chain professionals to support business growth is becoming more widely recognised
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, legal, human resources, marketing, treasury, supply chain and secretarial and support.
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.
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