MC drivers, transport managers in demand


Demand is high for experienced MC-licensed drivers and transport managers, recruitment firm Hays says

January 22, 2013

Transport managers and experienced truck drivers are among a number of key positions in the transport and logistics sector in demand this year.

Recruitment firm Hays’ first quarterly report for 2013 says multi-combination drivers are being lured to the mines, while many transport managers are leaving to further their careers outside of the logistics sector.

While saying the skills "are in hot demand", Hays Logistics Senior Regional Director Tim James says employers are remaining cautious about hiring candidates who have moved around often.

He says businesses are also being very specific about their requirements and more demanding about core and soft skills.

"Employers want candidates with a proven and stable background, and some are willing to wait to find the exact match. In terms of long-term solutions some employers are interested in candidates that can take a step up to fill a role rather than have someone more senior take a step back," James says.

Other positions in demand include project and account managers, supply chain coordinators and managers, demand planners and qualified reach stackers.

Hays says businesses need to provide employees with the opportunity to develop new skills through training courses.

"Whether this is packaged as a few hours out of the office each week to attend classes, or full funding for a course itself, more organisations need to be prepared to consider this in order to retain the best talent," the organisation says.

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