While many organisations are talking about setting up and developing their corporate procurement divisions in South Australia, we have yet to see any new roles signed off in these areas.
In fact, increasing redundancies in the market have reduced confidence in general, and this has resulted in most recruitment being almost exclusively for temporary roles. Candidate levels have dramatically increased in the market over the past few weeks, intensifying competition and driving pay rates lower than what would usually be on offer.
In public sector procurement we have already experienced the downturn in recruitment due to structural changes, voluntary redundancies and natural attrition mainly at the executive levels.
We anticipate this to stabilise in the months ahead.
In terms of skills in demand for the April – June 2015 quarter, we’re seeing a high demand for both Operational-level Purchasing Officers and Tender Specialists. Those candidates who can add value to transactions by recommending and implementing better practices and processes are particularly sought after.
Procurement Analysts who can provide recommendations on supplier spending and give advice on how to tighten production strategies and efficiencies across the business are also highly sought after.
Indirect Category Managers are also in demand. This is still a niche area where specific skill sets (such as ICT) are harder to come by, as most operate out of the eastern seaboard.
In terms of candidate trends, we’re seeing people becoming more loyal when they secure a contract with employers. They will see it through to the conclusion of the role rather than looking to move months before.