Australia wants UK expertise and Tokyo needs bilingual staff


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28 March 2012 | Angeline Albert

Category managers from the UK are being sought in Sydney, and bilingual supply chain professionals are needed in Tokyo this year, according to Robert Walters' global salary survey. 

The Robert Walters Global Salary Survey 2012 looks at recruitment trends in a number of professions across the globe, including procurement, and is based on analysis of permanent, interim and contract placements across each of the recruitment group’s geographical locations in 2011.

It found organisations in Sydney are seeking procurement professionals with UK experience, as employers in the city remain focused on cost reduction in the next 12 months. It concluded there was demand from Australia for procurement analysts in 2012 and for strategic category managers to convert this analysis into meaningful benefits.

It said in Tokyo, recruitment levels were high for bilingual supply chain specialists as many multinational companies focused on implementing and improving their business continuity plans.

From the March 2011 earthquake onwards, businesses focused on decentralising parts of their supply chain outside of Tokyo. Firms concentrated on training their supply chain management teams, prompting a rise in demand for experienced inventory planning, transportation and warehouse management specialists.

In the second half of 2011, many domestic suppliers found it difficult to source materials and supplies within Japan, which highlighted a need for businesses to recruit high quality procurement and logistics professionals, making these professionals highly prized. However, many candidates were reluctant to move as they were still working on restoring their current organisation’s existing supply chains in Japan. Supply chain professionals that secured new posts were in such demand they typically received salary increases of up to 10 per cent.
The report said that decentralisation of key functions in 2012 will continue to drive recruitment demand in Japan and business continuity planning will remain the main focus in the country’s supply chain market in 2012.

 

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