We started our quarterly reports on the job market for procurement professionals back in the tougher economic climate of 2009 and since then we have regularly reported gradual improvements in market conditions albeit with a few notable exceptions.

We are pleased to say that Q4 of 2013 has been a very positive period, and coming on the back of a strong third quarter, the second half of 2013 has showed the most notable improvement at any time since we started formally observing the trends. In fact in some areas there is now a genuine full blown battle for the best talent as we suggested in the Q3 report.  The key indicators of this are:

  • Strong candidates regularly have three or four good roles under consideration at any time, particularly in the most popular areas of indirect spend (data to follow) such as marketing and technology.
  • Significantly increased evidence of companies using recruitment suppliers outside of the preferred supplier list.
  • There is also less reliance on outsourced or in house recruitment teams for procurement roles that are difficult to recruit for because of the need for specialist market knowledge in a competitive market.

To view the Q4 indirect spend data and read the rest of the report please download the Procurement Quarterly Market Update & Indirect Spend Index Q4 2013