Demand for multi-skilled candidates remains high across transport, warehousing and supply chain, according to the latest Hays Jobs Report. This is the result of a focus on efficiency improvements and positive productivity, with employers looking for candidates with a strong knowledge of systems and processes and a history of reducing costs, achieving demanding KPI and diverse experience. Employers also want candidates with a wide technical skill set whom they can utilise to their full potential.
Within the transport industry, strained transport networks in Sydney and Melbourne will continue to fuel demand for Transport Allocators. With a busier transport sector in Brisbane, there is a need for Transport Allocators and experienced Transport Supervisors and Managers to lead operations. Employers require candidates with experience in a similar role.
Lateral-thinking Transport Coordinators and Managers who cope well under pressure and find the best route at the cheapest rate are also in demand.
Casual HR Drivers as well as MC Drivers with a MSIC card are needed. So are HR and HC Drivers who are open to a multi-skilled role such as driving and labouring.
Freight Forwarders remain in demand but require relevant experience. Import/Export professionals are sought, with a particular focus from employers on sea freight and Mandarin speaking candidates. CargoWise experience is a new trend that employers more commonly request.
Within warehouse and distribution, Warehouse Managers and Supervisors are required. Candidates must be analytically sound with a proactive approach to KPI. As companies continue to appreciate the benefit of improving logistical efficiencies, candidates who can track, monitor and manage KPI performance are highly sought after.
In a localised trend, New South Wales’ growing 3PL footprint is leading to demand for Warehouse Managers, Logistics Coordinators and Analysts. Employers want to ensure maximum efficiency is achieved and KPI and contracts are being met. Expectations from 3PL employers are growing and they therefore look for candidates who can ensure service delivery levels are being met, if not exceeded.
Import and Export Coordinators are another area of demand. With many companies moving their manufacturing overseas, candidates with international shipping experience and cargo software knowledge are in high demand.
Dispatch Coordinators are needed, too.
Wharf Fleet Controllers are also sought in response to turnover due to the high pressure work environment. Employers look for candidates with wharf experience and a secure, stable and successful career within this space.
In the SME sector, inventory control professionals who can develop procedures to improve inventory accuracy and transparency are required.
Inventory Controllers are another area of demand. The duties of this role were once the responsibility of Warehouse Supervisors, however, employers now have stricter tolerances on stock levels and are recruiting these professionals in response.
Storepersons with inventory management software experience are needed, too. Companies seek candidates who can multi-skill, manage inventory needs and possess strong computer skills, a forklift licence and the ability to load and unload deliveries, pick and pack orders and tidy a store.
Forklift Operators skilled in operating different attachments and High Reach Forklift Operators are also sought. While Forklift Operators are available, those with attachment and high reach expertise are rare, as are those who have worked in busy warehouses and have strong navigation skills.
Casual Skilled Labourers are needed for one- to two-day assignments. With most people looking for longer-term roles, reliable candidates for short-term roles are rare.
Another interesting trend is the recovery of the senior level supply chain market. Today, multiple Supply Chain Manager vacancies are available in global organisations. This has also led to an increase in the number of mid-tier supply and demand planner vacancies. As a result, demand exists for quality Supply and Demand Planners and S&OP Managers who have worked with complex manual-based systems, have exposure to and assisted with the development of S&OP processes and implementations, possess an analytical and commercial focus and can influence and educate internal stakeholders across an organisation.