The logistics sector experienced rapid change during the early part of the Covid-19 crisis and had to adapt quickly. Many sectors, especially food and FMCG, saw rapid increases in volume while the industry was also quick to move capacity from areas that saw a negative impact. The nature of roles in the sector meant that most were unable to do them remotely and logistics professionals have been key in keeping the UK running throughout the pandemic.
At Michael Page Logistics, we continue to work closely with businesses across the UK looking to hire skilled professionals and individuals looking for new opportunities.
To ensure we are providing our customers with the best support and most up-to-date information on the recruitment landscape, we have pulled together this Q3 market update.
In this latest snapshot of the logistics job market, we explore the changes we have seen in recruitment, and how the sector responded to the pressures brought on by the pandemic.
You can view the full video outlining these trends by clicking above.
A national image boost for logistics
Traditionally, logistics was perhaps taken for granted by the general public, but during the lockdown businesses and individuals alike quickly realised just how critical this function really is.
Not surprisingly, the Office for National Statistics reported in June that e-commerce sales volumes were up by 53.6%. In addition to this, research by the Growth Intelligence Fund stated that 85,000 businesses in the UK have set up an e-commerce proposition. This highlights just how much pressure consumers placed on distribution networks, particularly for businesses that might typically only usually experience this level of volume at peak.
Overall, the last few months have proved to be a challenge for many businesses, particularly those relying on face-to-face custom, but there have been some good news stories. Logistics has demonstrated a high level of agility and was key in the national effort across the UK to distribute PPE.
Transformation and key skills driving the sector forward
There has been a rise in conversations across the sector around projects as the pandemic has forced the hand of some businesses to make big changes, but it has also presented an opportunity to invest.
As we move forward, many organisations are going to have to look at how they reconfigure their operations for the future, whether that is physical warehouse space, network footprint, or processes to cater for this increase in online volume. With new government guidelines for workplaces and social distancing likely to be around for the long term, health and safety skills are also going to be key.
Technology will also continue to play a dominant role in the changes that the industry will experience. This is a rapidly evolving sector, and this is expected to stay consistent. Skill sets around warehouse management systems, automation, and robotics are likely to remain in high demand.
Overall, the market seems to be moving in a positive right direction, with a noticeable increase in the number of jobs and interviews across August.
Whether you are looking for talent or exploring your options, your recruitment partner will be able to keep you in the loop with how the market is changing and support you in navigating this new recruitment landscape. If you would like to discuss the market insights we can provide in more detail, please get in touch.
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Operating Director, Michael Page Logistics