Year-on-year pay for supply chain and procurement specialists is rising by up to seven per cent of base salary, according to a survey by recruiter Robert Walters.
It found that shortages of quality professionals were a key challenge for employers, particularly when seeking to fill less experienced roles.
And it said a growing number of companies were turning to procurement and supply chain solutions to manage costs, driving up salaries for professions such as indirect category specialists and operational planners.
“Contractors were very much flavour of the month during the downturn, with businesses facing high cost pressures and a reticence to invest in permanent staff. However, we expect this to change this year as shortages grow and the issue of succession planning becomes more apparent,” said James Franklin, manager of procurement & supply chain recruitment at Robert Walters London.