Australia’s logistics market has sprung to life with many organisations becoming very active in their hiring intentions. We’re also starting to see more export roles due to our low dollar and free trade agreement.
From a white collar perspective we are seeing strong demand for planners, inventory controllers, transport and analysts and warehouse supervisors. For blue collar staff demand is high for strong storepersons with fork tickets as well as reliable truck drivers with metropolitan experience.
The preference is to recruit permanent staff, but the temporary market is still active. Employers also prefer local candidates and are reluctant to engage people from interstate or overseas. A lot of employers are also requesting SAP skills.
Skills in demand
In terms of skills in demand for the October to December 2015 quarter, Demand Planners are sought. As the supply chain grows and becomes more complex, and includes overseas suppliers, the need for more experienced and skilled demand planners also increases. In addition, in New South Wales manufacturing activity is increasing and we are seeing strong growth in the food and beverage sector.
Inventory Planners are also sought as we move into the busy season. However while good planners are in high demand to ensure that stock is available, there is a shortage of suitable candidates.
Logistics Coordinators are also sought. Higher levels of exports are taking place and there is a lot of movement as supply chain sizes increase.
Transport/Supply Chain Analysts are needed as organisations focus on optimising the supply chain and ensuring best value from the network.
Storepersons are needed for temporary roles due to fluctuating requirements. We’re seeing greatest demand for candidates with forklift tickets.
Assistant Warehouse Supervisors are sought in companies that are expanding their sites.
Transport Supervisors are also needed however there is a shortage of combined skill set in this area.
There is also constant demand for HR and HC Truck Drivers with good metropolitan experience. This quarter is always a busy time for the transport industry.
In terms of candidate trends, the top talent often have multiple options. Although the number of applications has increased, candidate calibre has decreased.