Changing Landscape of Procurement: How the Pandemic Impacted Salaries

By: CenterPoint Benefits,

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In the midst of a pandemic, many things are changing. For procurement professionals, one of the most important changes is how it is impacting salaries.

Looking to the future, it is difficult to say exactly how the pandemic will impact jobs, business services, and procurement salaries. However, it is likely that salaries will continue to be impacted as businesses grapple with the economic fallout of the pandemic. So, how should you be prepared as a procurement professional?

This article will explore how the pandemic has impacted salaries thus far and what you can expect in the future as a procurement professional.

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The Current State of the Procurement Landscape

The current state of the procurement landscape is in a bit of flux. On one hand, there are businesses trying to keep their heads above water and are looking to reduce costs wherever possible. On the other hand, there are procurement experts who are looking for better opportunities in a more stable market.

The pandemic has had a direct impact on salaries in the procurement industry. While some positions have seen a slight uptick, others have experienced a significant decrease. And it's not just salary that's been impacted—benefits and other forms of compensation have also taken a hit.

This landscape can make it difficult for businesses to find the right procurement solutions that fit their needs. Many companies are forced to choose between cutting costs and ensuring that their employees have the resources they need to do their jobs.

However, there are some companies that have been able to find a balance between these two competing priorities.

What Does This Mean for Procurement Professionals?

So, what does this mean for you as a procurement professional? This means that you need to be proactive in your job search and always be open to new and better opportunities. You should focus on finding opportunities that enable you to grow in the industry. Never stagnate in this stage if you have a chance to grow.

How the Pandemic Has Impacted Procurement Salaries

It's no secret that the pandemic has had a significant impact on the world of work. And procurement is no exception. As the global pandemic continues to spread, organizations are scrambling to ensure they have the right people to manage their supply chains.

The problem is that many professionals with the necessary skills and experience are now out of work. That's led to a shortage of qualified candidates, and it's driving up salaries for those who are still in demand.

If you're someone with procurement experience, now is definitely the time to start looking for a new job. The market is competitive, but there are plenty of opportunities for those willing to adapt and learn new skills.

The Skillset Needed for Successful Procurement

So what does it take to be successful in procurement? Well, the skillset is definitely evolving.

In the past, procurement was all about finding the best price and negotiating the best deal. But today, with so many resources available online, that's no longer enough. Procurement professionals need to analyze data and understand the bigger picture to make informed decisions.

As a procurement professional, you also need to be able to build relationships and collaborate with other teams to get things done. And finally, you need to communicate effectively with stakeholders at all levels of the organization.

If you have these skills, you're in high demand. The pandemic is definitely shaking things up in the procurement world, and those who can adapt will be the ones who come out on top.

The Future of Procurement Salaries

The pandemic has had a huge impact on procurement salaries. Unfortunately, many procurement professionals have been laid off, and those still employed are seeing their salaries slashed.

Employment in the procurement field is expected to grow in the coming years as the skillset evolves. Indirect spending is a large part of any organization's budget, so solutions that can save on business services and products are in high demand. Businesses are looking for teams that can analyze data, understand the bigger picture, build relationships, collaborate effectively, and communicate clearly. The pandemic has created a lot of change in the procurement world, so those who can adapt will be successful.

But things may be starting to turn around. There are signs that the procurement market is recovering, and salaries are likely to go back up as it does. So if you're a procurement professional, don't give up hope. Keep your head down and work hard, and you'll be rewarded in the end.


It's been a difficult few years for procurement professionals worldwide. With the pandemic disrupting so many aspects of business and daily life, salaries have taken a hit as employers struggle to stay afloat.

But while things are tough now, we believe things will improve. CenterPoint Procurement Solutions is dedicated to helping our clients succeed, and we know that our procurement professionals are some of the best in the business.

We're committed to helping you find the career opportunities you need to succeed, and we're confident that with your talent and determination, you'll come through this tough time stronger than ever.


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