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Focus on... Logistics

Focus on… Logistics

Logistics is a sector that has changed considerably in the last few years. Often mistakenly seen as a purely technical job, it plays a strategic planning role requiring understanding of all aspects of the supply chain together with softer skills, such as communication, for relationships with suppliers and customers.          

Did you know?

  • Logistics is a key sector for the UK economy, contributing over £90 billion annually
  • Logistics employs 2.2 million individuals – 8% of the nation’s workforce
  • The sector is characterised by a high concentration of low level occupations (machine operatives and elementary roles account for 49% of the workforce), but there is forecasted demand for customer service workers, transport planners, maintenance engineers and IT professionals.

What areas of transport and logistics are there?

Passenger transport is a customer focused sector that includes aviation, community transport, rail and buses. It plays an important role by enabling the workforce and consumers to move around within the economy.

Passenger Transport 

Logistics involves managing the movement of goods either by road, rail, air or sea. It also includes the storage and warehousing of the things we buy, as well as the transport of supplies which manufacturers need to make things. Logistics is an important part of the economy because it ensures the flow of the things we need throughout the whole country.


The sector is growing

  • The transport sector has grown at all levels; national, local and within Greater Manchester, since 2003. It is forecast to grow again across all three geographies towards 2023
  • Greater Manchester’s employment is highly concentrated in Manchester, though other areas such as Trafford and Wigan are also large in employment terms.

Logistics in the news

Founded in 2000, Ital Logistics now employs 25 people and is looking to recruit a further five staff in the coming year. The company provides specialist freight services and has recently moved into new premises in Heywood.

Ital Logistics provides driver-accompanied road freight services to and from Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece, as well as providing freight forwarding services between most other Western, Central and Eastern European countries. 

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The latest UK Logistics Confidence Index (produced by Barclays, Moore Stephens and Analytiqa) reports:

  • Competition in the UK logistics sector is intensifying as customers look for more competitive freight deals
  • A third of firms say that current customers expanding has been their primary source of new contracts
  • The West Midlands continues to be a major logistics hub due to its unique geographical position at the heart of the country
  • Confidence in the sector remains steady with business conditions being described as somewhat more favourable compared to the previous six months
  • The outlook for the next six months is similarly confident with almost eight in ten respondents (79%) expecting the outlook to improve or stay the same and over half (55%) looking to recruit staff.

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Greater Manchester recruitment

Using the Labour Insight Tool we have identified the employers who have been recruiting in this sector over the past 12 months (1.5.14 – 30.4.15). Familiar names in the top 20 recruiters include The Manchester Airports Groups Plc, Servisair Group Ltd., Post Office and Parcelforce. 61% of the vacancies posted however, did not have employer names associated with them, suggesting that agencies play a significant role in staff hiring in this sector.

Employers With The Most Job Openings

Over the same period there have been over 1000 job postings for HGV drivers together with opportunities for a range of managers and professional level staff. See the chart below.

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