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April - June 2014



Fleet Controllers – These candidates remain in high demand given their critical nature to a business. However the long hours and uncompetitive salaries can make it difficult for employers to attract suitable talent.  


Supply Chain Superintendents – Permanent vacancies are on offer, but good quality candidates who hold the necessary tickets and relevant industry experience are in short supply. For instance, a beverage manufacturer and distributor needs candidates with similar industry experience, and will not consider candidates from other industries, like mining, due to the different speed of distribution.


Customs Brokers – These professionals are in demand in Western Australia, where there are limited opportunities in this area compared to eastern states, and hence retention challenges for employers.  


Transport/Warehousing Supervisors – There is a shortage of experienced candidates to fill these roles.


Side Loader Operators – There are few candidates who have the appropriate skills in this area.  


Heavy Rigid Drivers – Again there is a shortage of quality and experienced candidates to fill the vacancies that are available.


Storepersons – These roles typically offer a low salary, and so candidate attraction is an ongoing challenge for employers.  


FIFO Supply Officers – Good quality candidates with a heavy rigid truck license and knowledge of SAP within materials management are in very short supply.


Crane tickets - Candidates with a crane ticket and reach stacker experience are in short supply for temporary assignments.


Order picker license – We are also seeing a need for reliable candidates with additional order picker tickets as well as a standard forklift license for temporary roles.




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.


In localised trends, the mining sector has recently picked up and consequently Western Australia has seen more project-specific contracts come through for inventory controllers on a temporary basis.


Meanwhile in the Northern Territory employers are banking on the dry season to secure new candidates who are moving to Darwin.

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