T&L hungry for more workers

Despite the global economic crisis, recruitment activity in the transport and logistics sectors remains buoyant, research shows.

According to a quarterly report from recruitment firm Hays, the rail sector is attempting to attract more workers as the flow-on effects from higher fuel costs continue to increase the comparative affordability of transporting freight by rail.

“Opportunities also exist in mid-tier logistics companies, who are continuing to find strength in numbers with a noticeable increase in mergers and acquisitions.

“In Victoria, growth in the containerised freight sector has continued in line with associated infrastructure developments in this space,” the report says.

The careers outlook for the coming quarter is even brighter, it says, with contract logistics and transport recruitment expected to pick up. New opportunities are also arising in the senior operational and executive positions as key players attempt to outsource to the third-party providers.

The report says employers are beginning to realise that competitive salaries and better graduate recruitment programs are vital to successful staff attraction.

“The market has seen an influx of high quality candidates with no local experience but who come equipped with strong skill sets, degree qualifications, and comparable experience in large overseas organisations.

“While similarly skilled migrant workers have been embraced in the engineering, manufacturing and operations sectors, the logistics sector has been slow to recognise and tap into this talent pool,” it says.


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