Demand surges for skilled transport workers

Demand returns for skilled transport and logistics workers, forcing business to change to keep staff

April 23, 2010

Demand for skilled workers in transport and logistics has returned on the back of a recovering economy, prompting businesses to modify their practices to keep staff.

The latest April to June employment report from Hays Logistics says a higher throughput in stock has led to a strong demand for operational shift managers because companies are running extra shifts to keep pace.

The report says companies are hunting for experienced allocators and fleet controllers due to higher volumes in road freight, which is also causing companies to seek supply and demand planners to keep track of stock holdings.

A senior regional director of Hays Logistics, Tim James, says demand is leading to shortages and forcing employers to act.

"With growing awareness that skills are in demand, employers are up-skilling their current headcount and promoting from within to help tackle these shortages," a senior regional director of Hays, Tim James, says.

"Job numbers are continuing their steady ascent…Businesses are growing, while acquisitions made in recent months are also contributing to rising permanent job numbers."

Hays, an employee recruitment firm for the supply chain sector, says employers should take a long-term view when hiring employers rather than focusing on a quick fix.

"This will ultimately result in less disruption to the business," James says.

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