Eight in ten (83%) procurement hiring managers in Australia say they expect to consolidate or increase staffing levels up to the end of 2015, according to the latest ‘Hiring Intentions’ survey from specialist professional recruiter, Robert Walters.
51% will be looking to take on increased headcount, while 33% say employee numbers will remain stable this year. Only 16% are looking to decrease headcount.
Well-managed supply chain, procurement and logistics functions have become the hallmark of a thriving business, helping organisations maximise cost savings and efficiencies while meeting customer needs at short notice. - David Taylor, Manager, Sydney.
Margins remain tight across many sectors, so it is of little surprise that a majority are looking to hire quality specialists in this space, with even more hoping to keep staff levels stable over the year.
Positive hiring trends
The survey also reveals that more than a third (41%) of procurement hiring managers plan to give staff a pay rise this year, with just 2% looking to cut salaries.
Permanent recruitment is also expected to climb - 68% will be focusing on permanent hires this year, up from 58% a year ago.
Other key findings from the Hiring Intentions Survey include:
- 33% of procurement hiring managers expect headcount to remain stable
- 93% are looking to hire at the mid-level
- 65% say wage pressures will not affect ability to hire
The Robert Walters 2015 Hiring Intentions Survey asked over 650 hiring managers across Australia for their hiring forecasts over the next six months, including their plans to take on new staff, at which level, and the prospect of salary increases.