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Where is your next procurement colleague coming from?

Where is your next procurement colleague coming from?

Wednesday 9th January 2019

According to the Hays Procurement Salary Guide and Insights report fourth edition 2018, "skills shortages remain prevalent".

With 56% of responders facing challenges in finding the right talent, 21% saw a top challenge being competition from other employers.

A further insight is that 30% of respondents were looking to change jobs within the next 12 months.

With the challenges and opportunities facing UK supply chains following whatever Brexit will be in the end, the last thing we need is unfilled vacancies in procurement and supply chain functions.

So where are we looking for soft skills such as communication and relationship management that we advertise as part of a skill set requirement but quite often even with higher salaries and increasing recruitment costs just end up with more of what we have already got?

I have a suggestion: we should have a look at the skills and attitudes within our own organisation in stores, manufacturing or sales; we should use the apprenticeship programs now available to obtain the technical skills and deliver a cost-effective and reliable solution.

A Procurement Apprenticeship Standard at Level 4 encompassing the CIPS level 4 Diploma in Procurement & Supply is now available.
Trailblazer groups are working on Level 3 and level 6 standards that should be available during 2019.

If you would like to know more, then please drop me a line or call me for a chat.
0113 433 3495