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Reminder: CIPS November 2014 exam results out soon!

For students who are studying CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply) courses with us, do not forget that your results are released on the 4th February 2015! Go to www.cips.org and login to find out! Get in touch with your student mentor and let them know how you did! All the best of luck... - Read more

Posted: February 2nd 2015 in Purchasing & Procurement

Boom in Demand for Purchasing Professionals

Demand for purchasing and procurement professionals at all levels has increased sharply compared to 2010, according to figures published by CIPS and recruitment agency Hays Procurement. The figures showed that demand for purchasing officers has risen by 200 per cent, with a 75 per cent increase in demand for purchasing managers. The salaries offered were... - Read more

Posted: November 1st 2011 in Purchasing & Procurement

Military Procurement Should Be Recognised Career Option

Military equipment purchasing should be recognised as a professional career path for officers, a Labour party review has said. The review, conducted by the Shadow Defence Team, recommends the creation of a Weapons Engineering Service to manage the training, pay and career development of military purchasing staff, and has suggested that this should be a part-civilian,... - Read more

Posted: September 22nd 2011 in Purchasing & Procurement

“Not Enough” Candidates Entering Purchasing Profession

There are not enough candidates entering the purchasing profession, despite increasing demand for graduate and mid-level purchasers. Duncan Ward, operations director of procurement and supply chain at recruitment consultants Badenoch & Clark, said that while procurement head-counts were rising and demand for skilled purchasing professionals remained high, there were still not enough people entering the industry.... - Read more

Posted: August 15th 2011 in Purchasing & Procurement

Small Businesses Lack Purchasing Knowledge

Many small businesses are not aware of the benefits that procurement knowledge can bring to their business, according to a consultant. Ray Newall, who co-authored a book on spend management for SME’s, said that due to limited resources many small companies had only a basic knowledge of purchasing procedures. Newall believes that increasing their knowledge... - Read more

Posted: July 26th 2011 in Purchasing & Procurement

Jersey Propose CIPS ‘Licence to Practise’ for Buyers

Public sector buyers in Jersey must improve their purchasing skills  to help deliver £65 million savings targets over the next three years, the Chief Executive of Jersey’s government has said. Chief Executive John Richardson said that purchasing and supply training was key to achieving the necessary savings. His comments come shortly after the Chartered Institute... - Read more

Posted: July 12th 2011 in Purchasing & Procurement

Government must double spending with SME’s

The UK government must double its procurement spend with small and medium sized businesses to meet its target of giving them 25 percent of all opportunities. The government set the target last year the amount of government spending done with SME’s should increase from around 5% to around 25%, to help boost the economy. Prime... - Read more

Posted: June 22nd 2011 in Purchasing & Procurement

Public Sector Procurement ‘Stifling Innovation’

Public sector procurement processes are “antithetical” to innovation, settling for “proven solutions” from “existing suppliers” and missing opportunities to develop innovative new products and services, according to a report by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee. The report examined the way the public sector approached its £236 billion annual procurement spend, and argued... - Read more

Posted: June 6th 2011 in Purchasing & Procurement

Procurement Recruitment Outperforms Other Areas

The UK jobs market for purchasing professionals outperformed most other professions during the second quarter of 2011, and looks set to improve further. Research by Edbury Daley showed that recruitment picked up in the procurement sector, with high demand for category leaders and sourcing managers in particular. It is hoped that this increased activity will... - Read more

Posted: June 2nd 2011 in Purchasing & Procurement

Purchasing and Procurement Salaries Amongst Highest in Business

The salaries of people working in purchasing and procurement have remained higher on average than equivalent level positions in other areas of business such as marketing, HR, sales, finance and IT. A survey of 1200 purchasing professionals conducted by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply showed that senior and middle-ranking purchasing professionals were paid... - Read more

Posted: May 18th 2011 in Purchasing & Procurement