71% of supply chain and procurement employers have expressed plans to hire supply chain and procurement staff in the second half of 2015.

The results of the Robert Walters Hiring Intentions Survey2 have also shown that demand is highest for mid level employees (71%) followed by junior and management level staff (both 46%).

Anticipated growth of the business has been cited by 71% of employers as the main factor guiding their hiring strategies for the second half of the year, reflecting attitudes from the first 6 months of 2015.

The results also showed that demand for permanent staff was high, with 54% of those surveyed saying they would be primarily seeking professionals to fill permanent roles. Just 8% said that they would be looking mainly for contract staff.

James Franklin, Manager for Supply Chain and Procurement Recruitment at Robert Walters, says: “In light of the economic recovery many UK firms are looking to grow. In order to maximise their effectiveness throughout this expansion, they are recognising the importance of acquiring high-quality procurement professionals to support business growth.

“The emphasis we have seen on recruiting mid-level candidates reflects the need to fill roles such as category managers and analysts

“The preference for permanent staff is widespread, and indicates that many businesses are recognising the need for a strong permanent procurement function. Professionals seeking contract work will find opportunities primarily in organisations which are undergoing business transformations and seeking to establish credible procurement departments.

“There remains a need for interim procurement professionals where these projects are time constrained.”