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Top five jobs in high demand across the logistics market this year

Employees will be chasing multi-skilled candidates across transport, warehousing and supply chain this year according to a new jobs report published by the Hays logistics sector.

The report also expects transport allocators, freight forwarders, warehouse managers and supervisors and import and export coordinators to be in high demand from January to June this year.

Employers look for candidates with a strong knowledge of systems and processes and a history of reducing costs, achieving demanding KPIs and diverse experience,” the company said.

Hays logistics sector said employers want candidates with a wide technical skill set who they can utilise to their full potential. 

To fuel the demand within transport networks across the country, transport allocators and experienced transport supervisors and managers to lead operations in the busier transport sectors located in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Freight forwarders remain high demand, but recruiters require people with relevant experience.

“There is a focus from employers on sea freight and Mandarin language skills,” the company said.

Within warehouse and distribution, warehouse managers and supervisors willing to manage small teams are required in the industry.

“Candidates must be analytically sound with a proactive approach to KPIs. As companies continue to appreciate the benefit of improving logistical efficiencies, candidates who can track, monitor and manage KPI performance are highly sought after,” Hays said.

Import and export coordinators are also in the top five roles in demand.

“With many companies moving their manufacturing overseas, candidates with international shipping experience and cargo software knowledge are required,” the company said.

Hays reports that a number of top supply chain jobs in large multinationals are being moved to Asia in an effort to either centralise the global supply chain or reduce costs.

In warehousing, there is a focus on recruiting efficiency-focused specialists to keep Australia competitive with overseas markets and imports. 

“With the supply of such candidates low, salaries are slowly being driven up as organisations attempt to attract and retain top talent,” Hays said.

The report also identified several other roles that recruiters in the industry are after, including storepersons with inventory management software experience, forklift operators skilled in operating different attachments, fleet controllers with wharf experience and candidates with change management experience.

“While highly experienced and qualified candidates continue to be sought, hands-on operational experience remains a key requirement,” the company said.

According to the Hays Jobs Report, demand exists for the following skilled professionals in Australia’s logistics market:

  1. Multi-skilled candidates across transport, warehousing and supply chain
  2. Transport Allocators
  3. Freight Forwarders
  4. Warehouse Managers and Supervisors
  5. Import and Export Coordinators

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