Supply chain salaries to rise 11pc

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Salaries for mid-level supply chain professionals are set to increase by 11 per cent in 2017, according to a salary survey by consultancy Robert Walters. This compares to 4 per cent on average across all levels of seniority in 2017.

It attributed this large increase to the fact that in light of on-going economic uncertainty employers are looking to invest in improving supply chain functions to deliver cost efficiencies, offering generous salaries to secure top calibre professionals in this field.

Neil Morgan, manager at Robert Walters, said: “While employers are confident of continued growth in 2017 they also recognise that a shifting political and economic climate will require them to invest in supply chain functions to maintain efficient and cost effective processes.”

“As such, demand for mid-level supply chain professionals is high, with employers looking for candidates who can demonstrate a combination of strong technical skills and the ability to develop and implement effective strategies.”

The survey also forecasts that vendor management specialist salaries will rise 10 per cent in 2017.

Sam Walters, associate director at Robert Walters, said: “Across all levels of seniority we have seen demand grow for high quality procurement professionals over the past year, with those with IT procurement experience being particularly highly sought after.”

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