Store Persons – Due to the sheer volume of companies that engage store people, well presented, competent and enthusiastic individuals are always sought after.
Container Forklift Drivers – Container Forklift Drivers with CN licences are constantly in demand.
HR/MC Truck Drivers – The summer months always bring an increased demand for reliable, well presented and physically fit truck drivers.
Fleet Controllers – There is a big gap between the lower level Fleet Controller role and the high end ones. This means that it is sometimes difficult to find the right candidate.
Cartage Coordinators – There is a major shortage of candidates as this is a role which is highly demanding and not very well paid compared to similar positions within the industry.
Imports/Exports operators with 2-3 years’ experience – The shortage of candidates in the industry 12 months ago drove everyone towards project based work. This created a significant shortage within the general forwarding space, particularly for those with 2-3 years’ experience.
Fleet Controllers across both metro and wharf operations – With an aging workforce the transport industry is struggling to attract new people into the industry as the mining industry is saturating the market. This is making it difficult to attract the talent needed into these so called entry-level positions.
Companies working within the defence industry appear strong, as do smaller businesses servicing very niche markets. They have been the ones employing permanent staff in the industry.
Temporary to permanent recruitment continues to be a safe and preferred way to add additional blue collar workers across the logistics market. Employers still see the benefit of increasing efficiency immediately with a temp before adding additional permanent headcount.
In general the market is going through a stabilising period with companies trying their best to keep teams and not reduce headcount where possible. The growth area within the white collar space is sales – this is an attempt to win market share as companies are constantly tendering.