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Procurement named one of Australia’s most in demand skills

Procurement In Demand

Procurement specialists are sitting high on employers’ wish lists across Australia, according to the ‘top 10 skills in demand in 2024’ rundown from Hays.

Matthew Dickason, CEO Asia Pacific at the recruitment and workforce solutions specialist said it’s clear that certain skills are sought after more than others, even though it’s still so early in the year.

“These roles are at the top of employers’ wish lists, with the ongoing skills shortage amplifying existing attraction and retention challenges for organisations.”

Hays said the latest ANZ-Indeed Jobs Ads data — which reveals a month-on-month increase of 1.7 percent in job vacancy activity in January — is reflecting the growing need for skilled professionals to fill key roles across the country.

Procurement specialists are placed ninth in the list of the top ten skills in demand for 2024.

According to Hays, with contracts up for renewal this year, procurement candidates with experience in setting up panels leading tender requests and drafting contracts are currently in high demand. 

Contract managers are also needed, which Hays suggests is due to a heightened focus on the use of external suppliers, which has fed demand for professionals experienced in handling more intricate contracts. 

Successful candidates will possess skills in assessing supplier performance, negotiation and managing established contracts, with the latter described as “extremely rare” at present.

“We’ve seen a very active market so far,” said Matthew. 

“After the anticipated lull over the Christmas period, we witnessed a swift return to pre-Christmas levels of vacancy activity. 

“This year, some employers contacted us in early January to get the jump on competitors and secure strong talent. The first quarter of a calendar year is traditionally a peak period for job searching, so savvy employers know they can make strategic hires to lay the foundation for a strong year ahead.”

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