We might not be ready to think about it yet, but the countdown to Christmas is already on.
September is always a busy month for recruitment and the Supply Chain arena is no exception. In fact, recruitment in this space has been consistently active throughout 2019. This is expected to continue right up until December, with organisations wanting to secure vacant roles and be fully prepared for the year ahead before the seasonal rush and the summer holidays.
So what’s been happening in the market?
Supply and demand
It will come as no surprise that the employment market has been uncharacteristically buoyant. The unemployment rate remains low at 3.9% for the June quarter, down from 4.2% in the March quarter.
We are continuing to see strong demand for good people, here in Auckland and in the regions. If you’re a supply chain professional looking for a step up or a change, the opportunities are there.
As well as low unemployment, companies are recognising the value that can be gained from further optimisation and are continuing to invest in their supply chains. The result of this is that a lot of the roles we are recruiting currently are new roles, particularly in the planning and demand space.
We’re also noticing the trend of using temporary resource carrying on. When a role becomes vacant, many organisations are taking the time to analyse the position and really think about the skills and experience the role requires. This gives them a much better understanding of their operations, while also creating opportunities for those looking for a contract role.
The feedback from clients around skills shortages in this market remains. Often there is not a shortage of people with the technical skills a position requires, rather for organisations it’s also about finding the right fit for their culture.
Salaries and finding the perfect match
There has been some uplift in salaries but this is very much role and candidate dependent.
Not surprisingly, we’ve noticed an increase in the salary good Demand Planners can command. Demand Planners with strong analytical skills who can drive continuous change and improvement to the bottom line are worth their weight in gold. Companies are usually willing to pay a bit more to secure a person who is able to do the job and is truly excited about the opportunity.
As always, for the candidate there is much more to an employment offer than salary alone. Factors such as proximity to home, flexible working, challenge and opportunities for advancement feature highly among candidate considerations. In today’s market, many people don’t just want any job. It’s important to them that they work for brands that have a sound track record in corporate responsibility and a commitment to sustainability.
In a tight market such as this, there can be a disconnect between what employers and candidates are looking for. Recruitment is always a two-way process and both sides should be willing to consider some compromise.
If you’re a hiring manager and you want to check if you’re offering a competitive package, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
What’s new at Hunter Campbell
At Hunter Campbell, Nick McConnochie has joined us as Consultant. He will be focusing on recruiting Warehousing and Logistics roles as well as roles in the Supply Chain area.
These are areas where we see growth and they complement our existing specialisation in Supply Chain, Procurement and Operations.
Nick has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Supply Chain and Marketing. His background includes time working in sales and operations in the freight industry as well as recruitment. Nick has been with us for a few months now and already we’re realising the benefit of having extra resource and being able to offer clients a broader service.
There is a bit of uncertainty out there in the international marketplace, with Brexit being one example. We can’t predict what will happen internationally but all things being equal, we expect the current levels of demand to continue right through until next year. It’s a good time to be working in the Supply Chain area.
Want to know more?
Hiring managers or candidates wanting to find out more about the Supply Chain, Manufacturing or Procurement market are welcome to get in touch with me. We’re always happy to help.
Wayne Fry is a Senior Consultant at Hunter Campbell and specialises in the recruitment of Supply Chain, Procurement & Operations in New Zealand. Hunter Campbell is a specialist recruitment business for Supply Chain, Procurement, Finance, and Accounting. For more news and views visit our website by clicking here see what opportunities we have available here or follow us on LinkedIn.