James Franklin

Supply Chain & Logistics Vacancies Climb 45% Amid Competition For Top Talent

Jobs in supply chain & logistics are increasing sharply in number, according to new research from one of the UK’s leading professional specialist recruiters.

Q2 data from the Robert Walters UK Jobs Index, which charts vacancy numbers posted to online platforms, shows year-on-year openings for supply chain & logistics professionals rising by 45%.

Added to data from the first quarter – where year-on-year vacancies grew 38% in volume – the figures point to a strong upward trend in supply chain & logistics recruitment.

The impressive performance of the regions strikes a further note of optimism. Midlands employers contributed hugely to the national increase, adding 52% more supply chain & logistics jobs since the second quarter of 2013.  Across the same period, meanwhile, vacancy levels in the North West jumped by over 40%.

Neil Morgan, Manager of Supply Chain & Logistics Recruitment at Robert Walters UK, comments:
“These figures have sparked a high level of confidence among supply chain & logistics professionals, many of whom are now signalling their desire to move onto new and exciting challenges.

“Demand is particularly strong for middle management professionals and directors with the ability to reduce working capital and improve bottom line profitability. This has been recorded across all sectors, with the FMCG and pharmaceutical industries the most buoyant.

“With confidence continuing to grow across the market, we expect to see a continuation of this trend in the second half of 2014.”