A survey has revealed that almost 1 in 3 procurement job vacancies request that applicants are CIPS qualified.
The survey shows the high value employers are placing on relevant professional qualifications in an increasingly competitive jobs market.
In research conducted by Distance Learning College and Training, 118 out of 400 purchasing, procurement or buying job adverts surveyed listed a professional qualification from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply as a required or desirable qualification.
David Stephenson, Senior CIPS Tutor at Distance Learning College and Training, said “With fierce competition for job vacancies, more and more employers are using professional procurement qualifications as a way of differentiating between the large numbers of applications they receive for each vacancy. Companies are increasingly requiring that applicants for purchasing or procurement job vacancies are either CIPS qualified or are working towards a CIPS qualification.”
Research conducted by CIPS has previously drawn attention to the long-term value which a CIPS qualification can add to the career of a professional purchaser, with those holding the qualifications expecting to earn around £81,000 more over their working lives than those without.
Distance Learning College & Training, based in Meadowfield, Durham, provide professional qualifications in management, purchasing, logistics and manufacturing to students across the UK and internationally.