Manufacturing and construction drives demand for procurement and supply chain professionals in the Midlands – jobs up 19%

The latest Robert Walters Birmingham Jobs Index, which tracks the number of jobs available and jobseeking professionals in the Midlands month-by-month, has revealed that the number of procurement and supply chain jobs increased by 19% in May 2016 compared to the same period last year.

Manufacturers in the Midlands continue to drive growth for procurement and supply chain professionals as employers look to take on top quality talent to manage overhauls of internal systems and support business expansion.

Logistics firms in the Midlands are also spurring demand for procurement and supply chain specialists by investing heavily in expanding their operations. Much of this is in response to growth in the construction and property sectors in the Midlands, with infrastructure and regeneration projects creating a surge of hiring activity in these industries.

Abdul Walid, Procurement and Supply Chain recruitment, Robert Walters Birmingham comments: "Logistics and manufacturing firms in the Midlands are enjoying a period of investment by multinational firms who are moving operations to the region as well as organic domestic growth. This is creating a host of opportunities for procurement specialists as companies look to ensure their supply chain operations are as cost efficient as possible, with professionals with management experience particularly sought after."

Financial services firms are also playing a significant role in driving demand, with many looking to recruit procurement and supply chain professionals specialising in updating and overhauling IT systems. However, this has left many employers facing a skills shortage of suitably qualified professionals, as demand outstrips supply.

Abdul Walid continues: "Many procurement and supply chain specialists are in a position to be considering several job offers at once due to the high demand for their skills. As a result, many employers are struggling to recruit their ideal candidates. In addition to ensuring that salaries and benefits offered are competitive, reducing the time between interviewing candidates and making an offer will be critical to securing top talent."

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