Here’s an excerpt from our Procurement Quarterly Market Update for the second quarter of 2015.

This market is the one that bucks the trend this quarter as the growth in the use of procurement technology continues unabated.  Several industry reports offer impressive growth predictions for this market over the rest of this decade and this is supported by anecdotal evidence from our clients in the sector.

The second quarter of 2015 has seen strong demand for people with proven skills in systems implementation, transformation consultancy, project leadership and business development.

The core areas that we see most activity in relate to P2P, e Sourcing, analytics and contract management technology with the first two leading the way.

Experienced professionals who can point to an impressive track record selling or implementing these systems are in strong demand.  Furthermore, with a finite talent pool in the UK to satisfy this demand, the skills shortage that we have observed in our last five regular quarterly reports is becoming more acute.  Salaries continue to rise as a result.

What’s more, we have now collated hard evidence of these salary trends in the sector over the past year to support some of our clients recruitment activities and they make for fascinating, if slightly worrying reading.

Those companies that are consistently successful in hiring the skills they need in these market conditions are the ones that adapt best to the challenges they face.  We’ve helped design several innovative solutions to enable our clients overcome these challenges in a market we know intimately and this has given them a valuable source of competitive advantage.

If you wish to discuss our sector specific salary data or our innovations in talent sourcing please contact Andrew Daley.

The market for “in house” roles requiring these skills hasn’t been as bouyant as the provider market largely because of the trend to use technology platform providers and associated consultancies.  However there have still been some interesting opportunities in major corporates for both P2P and e Sourcing specialists.

The interim market place for these specific skills has been steady throughout 2015 following a solid period in 2014 but there is still usually resource available when our clients need short term support to address spikes in their work load.

We anticipate that this particular interim market will get busier towards the end of Q3 of 2015 as a direct result of the talent shortage in the permanent market.

Here’s  a case study explaining how our range of services has enabled one of our clients in the sector to hire the people they need despite the challenging market conditions.