Reach Stack Drivers – There are not a lot of people who hold the required licenses, and so consequently supply fails to meet demand.
Storemen/women – Candidates with mining experience are sought for stores roles in remote locations. We are also seeing a need for candidates with prior Government stores experience given the specific and specialised stock and systems in this sector.
Forklift Drivers – Reliable candidates are sought at entry level because employers consider them good value.
Supply Chain Coordinators – We continue to see a large need for temporary Supply Chain Coordinators to manage logistic vendors such as freight forwarders, 3PL's and domestic transport. In addition, summer is a peak time for manufacturing. From September through to January we will see an ongoing need for supply chain professionals to help with the ordering, planning and movement of stock.
Inventory professionals – There is also demand for inventory professionals, especially Inventory Managers. We are also seeing a shortage of quality distribution centre (DC) Managers and Warehouse Managers for the storage of stock.
As confidence returns to the market and new DCs are being built, such as in Sydney’s west, permanent vacancy activity is increasing. In other areas of the country though, the preference remains to recruit on a temporary basis with the option of going permanent.
There is a definite skills shortage in the industry since people looked at other career opportunities during the early part of the year when demand was quite slow in logistics.