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Supply chain job market boom predicted

06 October 2020

The supply chain sector will experience a job market boom over the coming months as ‘over 60% of workers in warehouse, logistics and delivery spent time during lockdown searching for a new role’, according to research from jobs website Monster.

All stages of the supply chain experienced a growing increase in vacancies during September 2020, with over 40,000 vacancies now open in the industry.

Monster UK & Ireland general manager Derek Jenkins said: “The growing demand is due to two factors. First, the changing landscape of labour supply and demand. Remote working has had a huge impact in how we live, work and shop, which has fuelled the need for more supply chain workers. Secondly, those already within the industry have reassessed their current roles and many are now looking to move as a result.”

According to the survey of over 2,600 UK employees and jobseekers, employee values and motivations have changed since the start of lockdown. Most workers in the warehouse, logistics and delivery sector (71%) would consider searching for a new role within the next 12 months.

Feeling that their career is meaningful and of value to the wider society and how their employer treated the workforce during the pandemic are among the new priorities for employees and jobseekers in the industry.  

Over half of vacancies are for entry-level positions, revealing a need for companies to attract new workers from outside the industry to meet rising demand. The occupation with the highest demand by volume is HGV Drivers, while the most common entry-level role with no experience required is a warehouse operative or packer.