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Logistics

July - September 2014

Hotspots

 

Import/Export Coordinators – This niche skill is in high demand. Many of these candidates prefer to remain in their current role, which creates a shortage of available talent. In most demand are candidates with a strong background and the necessary customs knowledge.

 

Shift Operation Managers – Employers are looking for candidates with both on-the-job experience and commercial acumen. Add the unsociable hours associated with this role, and there is a shortage of candidates. 

 

Reach Stackers – We are seeing demand for candidates for temporary assignments. But Reach Stackers are in short supply, and are often retained by their existing employers on an ongoing contract, which further adds to the shortage of suitable and available candidates.

 

Inventory Managers – Again there is a shortage of candidates to fill contract roles. In most demand are candidates with oil & gas experience in response to the streamlining of procedures.

 

Logistics Managers – In a localised trend, the increase in South Australian defence contracts has created demand for candidates with specific defence experience.

 

Trends

 

In South Australia many manufacturers and defence firms have been forced to reassess their contracts in response to increases passed on by transport companies. This has led to some key movements in the industry, which in turn has generated job opportunities as smaller firms grow rapidly to deliver their service.

 

Employers continue to focus on temporary assignments when they recruit, although positions at the supervisor and above level are usually offered on a permanent basis. Most vacancies are reactive and are the result of contract wins.

 

It is also becoming common to engage a candidate in a three to six month temporary assignment before offering them a permanent role.

 

Overall the quality of available candidates is decreasing as the top talent secures roles.

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