Job index shows demand higher for those under a roof

Managers and warehouse workers wanted more but drivers in all modes loved a little less by labour market

Job index shows demand higher for those under a roof
Labourforce/Impex Job Index is a mixed picture


While there is little debate that some sections of the transport and logistics sector are doing it hard, the employment story for transport and logistics & supply chain (TL&SC) has been and remains pretty positive overall.

But the Labourforce/Impex Job Index story for July is uneven, with Road Transport’s shallow downward glide outstripped by Air, Sea and Rail Transport’s plummet to December’s low, while warehouse and office workers and managers were in greater demand.

"Transport and Logistic employers have been the driving force behind the positive market sentiment," the analysts say.

"While demand has risen 40.8 per cent in the last 12 months it actually slipped by 2.3 per cent in July.

"Likewise Manufacturing that has grown by 40 per cent over the last year fell by 2.9 per cent in July

"The surprise package in July was Professional, Scientific and Technical which has again risen substantially.

"However it is not a big employer of TL&SC staff, so low data does create volatility and these increases really only take the market back up to the level seen at the beginning of the year.

"There was also an encouraging growth amongst Mining, Utilities and Construction employers.

"Demand rose 7 per cent and is up 18.6 per cent compared to July 2015. The Index still wallows down at 89.86 but is the strongest since February and well above the low point mid last year.

As New South Wales now represents 37.4 per cent of the market its strong performance is critical from an overall national perspective.

Western Australia’s bounce in July was "good for the state but, at only a 10.4 per cent share is less significant".

The recent strong pickup in demand has once more been driven by increased demand for Storepersons and Freight Handlers.

It rose 1.9 per cent in July and 5.5 per cent for the last quarter.

"Job opportunities are 30.8 per cent higher than this time last year and, with an index soaring at 175.28 look to exceed the record set last September," the analysts say.

Demand for TL&SC Management has picked up again after faltering in June.

"It rose 4.3 per cent taking the Index to 124.90, its highest point ever, eclipsing the previous record set back in December 2014.

"Demand for management level professionals has been on a very strong positive trajectory all year, welcome news for those looking for senior appointments in the industry.

 Ironically the picture for TL&SC Clerical is far less rosy. Demand did rise 4.8 per cent in July on top of a 2.2 per cent rise in June. But demand has been muted all year, rising just 4.5 per cent in 12 months.

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