Transport and logistics employee numbers to rise: Adecco

Experienced drivers still in high demand as sector looks to grow 9.2 per cent

Transport and logistics employee numbers to rise: Adecco
Mike Davies notes better economic conditions

Adecco is forecasting steady employment growth in the transport and logistics market over the next three years. 

The employment services firm's latest report, the 2014 Adecco Employment and Talent Report, sees 9.2 per cent growth in the industry between now and 2017.

With 5,500 job vacancies and more on the way, the company expects the industry's skills shortage to grow, especially for experienced drivers, many of whom left the industry during the previous downturn. 

The report’s transport and logistics section notes that permanent vacancy activity is increasing particularly in Sydney

Wages in the industry grew an average of 3.5 per cent last year, with temporary and casual staff rising at 5.7 per cent and permanent staff at 2.6 per cent. 

Meanwhile, numbers of temporary and casual staff fell 5.2 per cent over the past three years while permanents rose 6.3 per cent

The industry is slightly at odds with other sectors. 

Adecco Australia and New Zealand COO Mike Davies says that generally business and consumer confidence along with global economic stability and lower interest rates "will lead to an increase for labour" this year. 

"The pressures of skills shortage s in many sectors have softened and this has passed the control back to the employer, with the majority of wage increases set to match CPI increases rather than in a desperate bidding war for talent," Davies says.

The report uses a number of data sources including the Australian Bureau of Statistics, findings from the Adecco Client and Candidate Survey (November 2013), and a custom-built econometric model by Economic & Marketing Development Advisors (EMDA), the company says.

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