Logistics jobs tipped to rise in 2011

Recruitment firm anticipates return to skills shortages in logistics sector as businesses look to fill new roles in 2011

January 12, 2011

A leading recruitment firm is anticipating a return to skills shortages in the logistics sector as businesses look to fill new roles in 2011.

In its latest quarterly report for January to March 2011, Hays Logistics found business activity will be dominated by the creation of new roles to keep up with growth and to fill vacated positions.

According to the report, highest demand will be for skilled and qualified logistics engineers, transport and warehouse managers to cope with higher freight volumes, import coordinators and supply chain analysts to improve business operations.

"Employers have certainly indicated their intention to create new roles in 2011 in key areas to increase their productivity and to manage inventory and OH&S awareness," Hays Logistics director Tim James says.

"Permanent jobs will be common as employers act to secure skilled importers and customs professionals; these professionals are vital in order to keep up with demand.

"There’s no doubt that we’re very quickly returning to a state of candidate shortage, and will continue in this direction as more organisations experience growth."

Hays is tipping increased activity in Western Australia, with businesses on the hunt for logistics coordinators and managers in the oil and gas, mining and construction sectors.

The report says there will also be a rise in demand for inventory controllers and senior warehouse professionals as businesses re-establish themselves following the global financial crisis.

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