The outlook for procurement, supply chain and logistics (PSC&L) professionals is looking positive for the year ahead. Salaries have increased at an average of 1.8%, with 74% of employers saying they have increased pay over the last year.
The good news is that, according to the Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2019, 92% of employers in PSC&L expect their organisation’s activity levels to stay the same or increase over the coming year.
So it’s no surprise that over three-quarters (76%) of employers in the field intend to recruit new staff in the next 12 months, with 63% looking for permanent candidates. But recruitment will have its challenges, with a skills shortage still a big issue in the profession.
Worryingly, a third of employers say they don’t currently have the talent they need within their organisation to achieve their business objectives. In addition, an incredible 93% of employers say they have experienced some degree of skills shortages over the last year. This has led to a negative impact on productivity for 53% of PSC&L employers, a reduced ability to deliver projects for half of the employers surveyed, as well as lower employee morale for 50% of organisations.
Looking to the year ahead, a shortage of suitable applicants is the biggest concern for 68% of employers, while just over half (54%) expect to see higher competition for candidates from other employers.
To discover more insights about the procurement, supply chain and logistics market, and the prospects for the next year for procurement as a whole, request your copy of the Hays salary guide at hays.co.uk/salary-guide.
For more information or to discuss your recruitment needs in this field, please contact your local consultant.
Scott joined Hays in 2002 as a Trainee Consultant, and is now Director of Hays Procurement & Supply Chain. With over 15 years’ experience, Scott advises clients on workforce management solutions, works with the industry institute CIPS as a trusted knowledge partner, and provides strategic leadership to Hays’ procurement and supply chain recruitment experts.
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