The FMCG sector is slightly bucking this trend with an increased level of procurement jobs but recruiters in this competitive area have high expectations and many are struggling to attract the best talent and find people with the skills they require.
The trend away from interim roles we saw throughout 2010 is continuing into 2011. Organisations are trying to cap consultancy spend, which has lead to low demand for senior procurement professionals. In many ways, this can be counter intuitive as a senior interim offers a risk adverse strategic option.
Skills in demand
As across the majority of the UK there is an ongoing demand for category managers with particular demand for those with FM experience.
Salaries have generally remained static during 2010 but we are starting to see a small increase in flexibility, especially during the final stages of salary negotiation.
The signs are that in the next few months the market will start to pick up. After the reductions of the past 18-24 months organisations have stabilised and will be able to restructure and in some cases increase their departments.
From talking to our clients we have noticed that the market is more conservative than in the past and employers are more specific in their requirements. We expect more detailed requirements in future as employers demand specific category experience, we are also expecting to see more requests for those that have or are working towards CIPS qualifications.
For more information on the procurement recruitment market in the southern M1 region, get in touch with our Milton Keynes office on 01908 233 721 or view the latest procurement vacancies here.