The number of procurement and supply chain jobs in the Midlands increased by 30 per cent in April 2016 compared to last year, according to the Robert Walters Birmingham Jobs Index, which tracks the number of jobs available and job-seeking professionals in the region.
Manufacturers and professional services firms in the Midlands are responsible for much of this growth. In addition, major logistics firms in the region are investing in expanding their operations, driving demand for procurement and supply chain professionals across a range of levels, with an emphasis on mid-level workers.
Consultant Abdul Walid said: “Logistics and automotive firms in the Midlands are experiencing a period of expansion through a combination of organic growth and a number of acquisitions by major multinational companies who are now investing heavily in operations in the region.
“This in turn is having a positive impact on the supplier base of these businesses, driving demand for procurement specialists, particularly professionals who are able to take on mid-level management roles to support this expansion.”
And Walid warned: “Employers must be aware of the skills shortage they are facing in these areas and streamline hiring procedures to avoid losing out on top talent to competitors.”