The logistics sector is currently experiencing a very exciting time, which is great news for job seekers in this industry. While some sectors experienced shrinkage due to the Covid-19 pandemic, others, like logistics, boomed. There was a rise in online sales and pressure on supply chains (especially in pharmaceuticals). In other words, increased demand resulted in increased job opportunities.
According to the Office for National Statistics, in September 2020, 26.1% of total retail sales were derived from online shopping. It increased from 18.1% in September 2019. In May 2020, online sales peaked during the first national lockdown with a high of 32.8%.
The increase in online sales and personalized offerings means that there are new job opportunities becoming available along the supply chain every day. But, there is a serious labour shortage in HGV drivers and other roles in transport and logistics due to new Brexit rules. These rules aim to discourage EU workers and limit the number of “low-skilled workers” coming to the UK. Consequently, the demand for supply chain managers and lower-level workers are currently outstripping the supply. This, according to a press release by shipping company DHL.
In addition, the transport and logistics industry had to prepare for other new Brexit rules such as export and import customs procedures. This came into effect on 1 January 2021. Subsequently, the Department for Transport will be investing in transport infrastructure with several projects. This includes the upgrade of the A14 road, the high-speed rail link and major work on the East and West Coast Main Lines. Also, the proposed third runway at Heathrow Airport in London.
Hence, there are plenty of opportunities in the logistics sector due to the increased demand on the transport network and projects such as those mentioned above. These include temporary and permanent jobs.
So, what kinds of jobs are available in the logistics sector? Here are a few examples:
- train driver
- supply chain staff
- warehouse staff
- Stock control
- Logistics manager
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If you’re interested in changing careers and entering the logistics sector, there are a few things to keep in mind:
Working in logistics is very demanding. You’ll often be expected to work with tight deadlines and to solve problems in a short span of time. In addition, some jobs come with serious responsibility such as getting important packages or people safely to their destinations. Lastly, you may have to regularly work with members of the public, especially in the public transport sector.
Long working hours
Logistics employees often work early mornings, nights and weekends (not typical working hours). Similarly, you may end up spending a lot of time away from home in jobs that include travel. This is usually the case for long-distance drivers, pilots and cabin crew.
Like most industries, starting salaries can be very low. However, salaries are usually significantly higher in senior jobs (which require higher qualifications and experience).
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