Tight Personnel Situation: Good Buyers Are Scarce
About two-thirds of Austrian companies need more than eight months to fill the vacant positions of their purchasing managers. One fifth of them needs four to six months. That's the result of a study in which 175 companies were interviewed and which had been conducted by the personnel consultancy Penning Consulting, by Kerkhoff Consulting and by the Forum Einkauf (Purchasing Forum) of the Österreichische Produktivitäts- und Wirtschaftlichkeits-Zentrum (ÖPWZ – Austrian Center for Productivity and Profitability). Not even 20 percent of the interviewed companies have an internal successor at the ready for strategic positions in purchasing. But 31 percent are also of the opinion that external applicants frequently do not meet professional requirements.