Employment demand strong despite economic woes


The global economic downturn has failed to dampen enthusiasm for ongoing recruitment in the transport and logistics space

The global economic downturn has failed to dampen enthusiasm for ongoing recruitment in the transport and logistics space.

A quarterly report from specialist recruiter Hays points to a logistics sector that remains buoyant despite yo-yoing markets here and overseas.

The industry remains active, according to Hays Logistics Personnel Senior Regional Director Tim James.

"Recruitment activity is increasing in the rail sector due to flow-on effects from higher fuel costs, which are increasing the comparative affordability of transporting freight by rail," he says.

"Opportunities also exist in mid-tier logistics companies, who are continuing to find strength in numbers with a noticeable increase in mergers and acquisitions."

The report also highlights continued growth in the containerised freight sector in Victoria.

New opportunities are also being created in the senior operational and executive space as more leading logistics groups outsource to third-party providers, according to James.

He says good candidates will always be in demand.

"We see no evidence that the market as a whole will stop hiring any time soon," he says.

"In fact, strong demand still exists from those companies looking to up-skill their current staff."

The full quarterly report can be downloaded here.

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