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Where the jobs are: The logistics industry hotspots

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Recruiting experts Hays Logistics has listed Operation Managers, Demand Planners and Transport Supervisors as currently being in demand in Australia’s logistics market.
The latest Hays Quarterly Hotspots list of jobs in demand points towards the evolution of Australia’s job market.
Tim James, Senior Regional Director of Hays Logistics observes that the gloss has worn off the resources and mining sector as the country moves away from a two-speed economy to a system of micro-economies that are creating pockets of employment opportunities.
Employers are replacing departing staff and making selective staff investments in roles that can add immediate value to their business. However, employers will only make job offers to the top tier candidates as they seek industry-specific skills and background that matches their industry.
According to the Hays Quarterly Hotspots list, demand exists for the following skilled professionals in Australia’s logistics industry:
Operations Managers with the ability to not only manage the business operationally, but also improve operational efficiencies and save money are being sought by employers.
Demand Planners with strong people skills are in demand. Typically planners possess strong analytical skills, however with S&OP taking a major step forward over recent years, planners who can interact well across the business are now required.
Transport Supervisors with express and FMCG experience are sought. Given that people are ordering more products online, the express area of the industry is busier than ever before.
Freight Forwarders to replace Australia’s aging Freight Forwarding workforce are being sought. The shortage of new talent entering the profession is made worse with many candidates possessing five or more years of experience seeking a Branch Manager role, which further depletes the talent pool.
Transport Managers are also required to replace an aging workforce. With very few new professionals entering the market, new talent is highly sought after. 
Warehouse Managers are in demand in the logistics industry. Being a highly transient occupation, people typically move from industry to industry. For example, the current state of Australia’s automotive industry is causing more candidates to seek roles in other industries. 
DC Managers are being sought by employers who are looking for candidates with a very specific skill set.
Transport Schedulers require niche skills as the role deals with different types of freight and load destinations.
Heavy Haulage Managers/ Coordinators are highly in demand given the very small talent pool and the consequent high competition for experienced professionals who are available. 
Fleet Controllers with experience at all levels who can work long hours are being sought by employers.
MC Drivers and Reach Stacker Operators are currently in demand in Perth given the lack of qualified operators.

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