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Competition for supply chain professionals boosts advertised vacancies by over one fifth

Positive hiring sentiment among employers has boosted the volume of advertised vacancies for supply chain, logistics and procurement professionals, according to the latest European Job Index from specialist recruiter, Robert Walters.

The Index, which measures quarterly changes in the volume of vacancies posted to key job boards, recorded a 9% rise in the number of available procurement jobs between the first and second quarters of 2013. Employers in Scotland produced the largest increase in demand, with vacancy levels growing by 44% north of the border.

Vacancy numbers in supply chain and logistics roles spiked even higher, producing a quarterly rise of 22%. Figures for a number of key regions were all up in the quarter, with some considerably outperforming the rise in national job numbers.

Scotland again generated big increases, with job levels in supply chain and logistics roles nearly doubling between the opening two quarters of the year. Employers in the North West and North East also drove a big rise in job numbers, delivering an increase in available vacancies by 42% across the region.

Neil Morgan, Manager of Supply Chain Recruitment at Robert Walters, says:
"We’ve registered particularly strong growth in the hiring of direct procurement professionals, especially those with experience in category management. Among all sectors, companies from the financial services and pharmaceutical industries remain central to driving forward recruitment activity.

"Supply chain experts also continue to be sought out as companies look to bulk up in this area in the quarters following the beginning of the new financial year. Manufacturers in the automotive sectors have been generating much of this demand as their appetite to make new hires increases."

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