So far this year, most organisations have been more actively hiring Procurement employees on a permanent basis as opposed to on contracts.
The first half of 2019 has revealed an increased level of permanent recruitment compared to the hiring of contract or temporary Supply Chain & Procurement professionals. The market has remained extremely buoyant, with a strong preference for individuals possessing experience in IT/Tech. Across Financial Services, Banking and Insurance, organisations are still busy and hiring. More specifically, the mid-tier and SME businesses have been busier than the larger tier 1 banks.
Salaries are competitive at present, so bonuses and benefits packages can be crucial deciding factors when professionals are looking for new roles.
Flexibility in a role is a high priority for Procurement job seekers. The 9 to 5 working day is no longer how professionals in the UK operate. Flexible working, in terms of hours or being able to work remotely, is expected by the majority of employees in the UK. Organisations have to offer a level of flexibility if they want to attract high quality applicants.
Those candidates possessing detailed Category Management experience, including spend, savings and projects have been highly sought after by hiring managers. Further to this, any experience of Indirect Procurement Categories is in demand, most specifically for IT and Tech, but also HR, Marketing, Professional Services and Travel.
It is not looking like things are going to slow down for Procurement professionals during the summer months - it is a busy time for the industry. For those job seekers actively engaged in any processes, it’s important to keep in touch with your recruitment consultant. Call in weekly to make sure you are hearing about all suitable opportunities; this will keep you at the forefront of your consultant’s mind.