Employment survey highlights demand in transport jobs

By: Jason Whittaker

Transport schedulers and fleet controllers are most in-demand in a labour-constrained transport workforce, according to a new employment survey. The January

Transport schedulers and fleet controllers are most in-demand in a labour-constrained transport workforce, according to a new employment survey.

The January Hays Quarterly Forecast also points to strong employment growth in the traditionally slower first quarter of the year as operators tackle the ongoing skills shortage.

"The New Year has arrived, bringing with it the traditional increase in vacancy activity as businesses determine the staff they require for the year ahead," says Tim James, Regional Director of Hays Logistics Personnel.

"The shortage of experienced skills means solid candidates will be snapped up with speed in 2008, and provided jobseekers know what they want and why they want it, it is a year that will provide prime opportunities to advance your career."

James says employers are moving quickly once they identify candidates as most receive multiple job offers.

"While the first quarter of the year is traditionally the quietest in the logistics market, many employers have continued to recruit in order to attract the best possible candidates," he says.

"Organisations are optimistic about their general business activity, and therefore have hiring plans in place. The majority of vacancies are expected to be operational, however senior leadership activity will also be positive."

In transport, employers are looking for drivers as well as experienced mid-level operations staff, particularly transport schedulers and fleet controllers.

"With the level of candidates not meeting the number of vacancies, the shortage of candidates is also affected by the low appeal of mid to lower level transport operations roles to potential candidates, who do not view the long hours or stereotype of the industry positively," the survey says.

In warehousing there is an increased demand for warehouse supervisors who can motivate and manage staff while controlling profit and loss.

"This demand is driven by the increased pressure placed upon warehouses to be efficient. With more warehouses viewed as production plants and Six Sigma and Kanban utilised to drive changes, the traditional supervisor now needs to be multifaceted – more than a leader, candidates need to demonstrate their ability to be an essential part of processing and analysing information," the report says.

Within supply chain the report highlights a demand for supply chain planners and demand analysts.

"Over the past five years these roles have become more highly valued functions within a business, as new and cutting edge world-class processes become available and organisations become aware of technology and methodologies available to them, requiring planning and demand accuracy," they say.

"Candidates with front-end planning experience are also required to accurately manage production/import requirements."

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