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