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Procurement & Supply Chain Market Overview
A year in review…
The procurement and supply chain sectors have continued to mature over 2013 and are being recognised by a growing number of employers as a vital part of the development of their business. Whilst the actual headcount in the industry has only grown slightly, the demand for a higher quality of procurement process and a move towards true strategic procurement rather than just a buying function has driven demand for more qualified candidates.
The focus in the larger supply chain field has seen a move to improve efficiencies further across the industry as costs are being squeezed by all sides. The carbon tax and its likely retraction, has seen the single biggest impact to costs, which has had a knock-on effect across all areas of industry.
Talent pool vs. demand…
Whilst in terms of volume the candidate base meets demand for vacant procurement and supply chain roles, the skills required for these roles are changing constantly. The demand for candidates with a stronger skill base is not being met by the Australian workforce and therefore we are regularly seeing businesses importing candidates from our global network especially our very strong procurement and supply chain candidate base in the UK.
We expect to see a significant uplift in demand for skilled senior level candidates early in 2014, once the carbon tax is retracted. Specifically, demand for roles such as Strategic Sourcing Professionals, Category Managers and Demand Planners is set to continue to increase throughout the year.
Changes are likely to take place in the FMCG market with a continued growth forecast. Also, further changes to the market in WA are expected as movement away from mining offsetting increasing recognition of the function in other industries.
For candidates looking to find openings in 2014, the area of Strategic Procurement continues to be the best opportunity due to continued growth across the country. Furthermore, due to the continued development of industry bodies and their qualifications such as CIPSA in Australia, we would encourage job seekers to join and study, as this allows candidates to gain transferrable skills and counteracts the likelihood of being ‘pigeonholed' into a specific role type. Potential employers on the other hand also need to learn to look beyond industry experience when considering new employees.