Logistics hotspots of skills in demand

The second of Hays’ bi-annual Logistics Job Reports for the
year 2019 highlights some areas with significant vacancy rates in
the transport and logistics area.

This vacancy activity will be focused on multi-skilled
candidates across transport, warehousing and supply chain. This is
the result of a focus on efficiency improvements and positive
productivity, with employers looking for candidates with a strong
knowledge of systems and processes and a history of reducing costs,
achieving demanding KPI and diverse experience. Employers also want
candidates with a wide technical skillset whom they can utilise to
their full potential.

Within the transport industry, strained transport networks in
Sydney and Melbourne will continue to fuel demand for Transport
Allocators. With a busier transport sector in Brisbane, there is a
need for Transport Allocators and experienced Transport Supervisors
and Managers to lead operations. Employers require candidates with
experience in a similar role.

Lateral thinking Transport Coordinators and Managers who cope
well under pressure and find the best route at the cheapest rate
are also in demand.

Casual HR Drivers as well as MC Drivers with an MSIC card are
needed. So are HR and HC Drivers who are open to a multi-skilled
role such as driving and labouring.

Freight Forwarders remain in demand but require relevant
experience. The Trans-Pacific Partnership has increased vacancy
activity in freight forwarding across Australia and subsequently
demand for Import/Export professionals, with a focus from employers
on sea freight and Mandarin speaking candidates. Those with
CargoWise knowledge are also sought.

The heavy vehicle regulations will continue to create demand in
the transport sector for qualified Supervisors with a Chain of
Responsibility accreditation.

Within warehouse and distribution, Warehouse Managers and
Supervisors are required. Candidates must be analytically sound
with a proactive approach to KPI. As companies continue to
appreciate the benefit of improving logistical efficiencies,
candidates who can track, monitor and manage KPI performance are
highly sought after. Warehouse

Supervisors willing to manage small teams are also required.

In the warehousing sector, diploma or degree qualified
candidates with experience in lean principles are sought.

Distribution of vacancies

In a localised trend, New South Wales’ growing 3PL footprint
is leading to demand for Warehouse Managers, Logistics
Coordinators, Analysts, Pallet Controllers and Dispatch
Coordinators. Employers want to ensure maximum efficiency is
achieved and KPI and contracts are being met. Expectations from 3PL
employers are growing and they therefore look for candidates who
can ensure service delivery levels are met, if not exceeded. They
also want to see degree qualified candidates with experience in a
similar environment.

Import and Export Coordinators are another area of demand. With
many companies moving their manufacturing overseas, candidates with
international shipping experience and cargo software knowledge are

Dispatch Coordinators are needed, too.

Wharf Fleet Controllers are also sought in response to turnover
resulting from the high pressure working environment. Employers
look for candidates with wharf experience and a secure, stable and
successful career within this space.

In the SME sector, inventory control professionals who can
develop procedures to improve inventory accuracy and transparency
are required.

Inventory Controllers are another area of demand. The duties of
this role were once the responsibility of Warehouse Supervisors,
however employers now have strict stock levels tolerance.

Store persons with inventory management software experience are
needed too. Companies seek multi-skilled candidates who can manage
inventory needs, possess strong computer skills, a forklift license
and the ability to load and unload deliveries, pick and pack orders
and tidy a store.

Forklift Operators skilled in operating different attachments
and High Reach Forklift Operators are sought. While Forklift
Operators are available, those with attachment and high reach
expertise are rare, as are those who have worked in busy warehouses
and have strong navigation skills.

Casual Skilled Labourers are needed for one to two-day
assignments. With most people looking for longer-term assignments,
reliable candidates for short-term roles are rare.

Another interesting trend is the recovery of the senior level
supply chain market. Today, candidates with change management
experience, from both a people and process perspective, are in high
demand. This is a result of organisations realising the impact that
big data, systems and technology can have on improving efficiencies
and reducing costs. Individuals who can coach a business through
this transition are highly sought after in the current market.

Demand also exists for quality Supply and Demand Planners and
S&OP Managers who have worked with complex manual based
systems, have exposure to and have assisted with the development of
S&OP processes and implementations, possess an analytical and
commercial focus and can influence and educate internal
stakeholders across an organisation.

Finally, fixed-term contracts and project roles are available.
This is a notable change in a market that was previously dominated
by permanent roles.

Salary trends

According to our FY 2019/20 Hays Salary Guide, more logistics
professionals will receive a pay rise this year than last, but it
will be a less significant increase than they hoped for.

We found that 92% of employers will increase their transport and
distribution staff salaries in their next review, up from 83% who
did so in their last review.

However, the value of these increases will fall. 71% intend to
raise salaries at the lower level of 3% or less, up from 63% who
did so in their last review. At the other end of the scale, just 3%
of employers intend to grant pay increases of more than 6%. The
number of employers who will increase salaries at the mid-level,
between 3 and 6%, has risen slightly, from 17% to 18%.

There are only a few exceptions. The recovery of the senior
supply chain market led to demand for Supply Chain Managers and, in
turn, mid-tier Demand and Supply Planners. In some states, salaries
have increased in response to this demand.

Tasmania’s positive economic climate led to a surge in
interstate and international exports. Looking ahead, salaries are
expected to increase in the state for Multi Combination Drivers and
Warehouse Supervisors, who remain in short supply.

Source: FS – Transport B.
Logistics hotspots of skills in demand

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