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Logistics

October – December 2014

Hotspots

Senior Managers (Branch or Operations) – Managers with sales experience are in high demand in the Northern Territory. As well as running operations, these professionals are expected to look for business growth opportunities and win new contracts. Generally the size of operations in the Northern Territory is much smaller than in other states, so managers have less day to day activities and are expected to be more involved in business development.

HC/MC Truck Drivers – Drivers who specialise in transporting oversized machinery and equipment for the mining and agriculture industries are in demand.

Import /Export Officers – Officers who have been exposed to busy eastern states terminals where there are high volumes of freight and have good experience are in most demand. Also, despite the industry developing and offering exciting opportunities over the past few years, there is still a limited workforce at the import/export operator level.

Public Sector Warehouse Operators – We have seen a significant increase in demand for blue collar logistics staff across the public healthcare network.

Experienced Forklift Drivers – These Drivers remain in high demand across the industrial and transport sector as there has been a consistent job flow for blue collar temporary roles across logistics. Candidate levels have remained high for these roles, so demand is currently being met adequately. Meanwhile Container Forklift Drivers (CN licenced) are in demand in South Australia, especially if they have been exposed to busier interstate terminals and container yards where volumes are much higher.

Fleet Controllers – As these positions are demanding and require long hours there is always high demand across all areas, especially container transport.

Inventory Controllers – Controllers who are open to working in regional locations across multiple industries are in most demand.

Trends

The jobs market in Western Australia is following many of the trends set by the resources sector. Feeding off both expansion and new construction projects, recruitment can now often be reactive and based on contract awards, as opposed to hiring people in advance in order to win projects.

The pool of available candidates in logistics is still fairly large, especially at operations manager level and above, where we have seen an increase over the past six months. Temporary recruitment continues to dominate the lower level roles where demand for experienced Inventory Controllers is increasing.

With the arrival of Spring, organisations are looking to build their casual labor pool of store persons and forklift drivers. We anticipate an increase in temporary recruitment to meet cyclical demand across retail markets in the build up towards Christmas.
 

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