Supply chain and logistics vacancies climb 45 percent amid competition
Jobs in UK supply chain & logistics are increasing sharply, according to new research from one of the UK’s leading professional specialist recruiters.
Q2 data from the Robert Walters UK Jobs Index, which charts vacancy numbers posted to online platforms, shows year-on-year openings for supply chain & logistics professionals rising by 45 percent.
Added to data from the first quarter where year-on-year vacancies grew 38 percent in volume, the figures point to a strong upward trend in supply chain & logistics recruitment.
The impressive performance of the industries strikes a further note of optimism. Midlands employers contributed hugely to the national increase, adding 52 percent more supply chain & logistics jobs since the second quarter of 2013. Across the same period, meanwhile, vacancy levels in the North West jumped by over 40 percent.
Neil Morgan, Manager of Supply Chain & Logistics Recruitment at Robert Walters UK, said: “These figures have sparked a high level of confidence among supply chain & logistics professionals, many of whom are now signalling their desire to move onto new and exciting challenges.
“Demand is particularly strong for middle management professionals and directors with the ability to reduce working capital and improve bottom line profitability. This has been recorded across all sectors, with the FMCG and pharmaceutical industries the most buoyant.
“With confidence continuing to grow across the market, we expect to see a continuation of this trend in the second half of 2014.”
With this confidence building across the wider economy, projects that had been put on hold are being implemented, creating fresh demand for supply chain professionals.
The FMCG and pharmaceutical industries remain the most buoyant, with many companies in these sectors able to take advantage of strong international brands and stable underlying markets.
There has been also a rise in logistics recruitment, especially for professionals who offer strong warehousing experience, including restructuring and investment into new warehousing or adding extra capacity to meet increased demand.
Robert Walters is one of the world's leading specialist professional recruitment consultancies. Established in 1985, the Group has built a global presence with 53 offices spanning 24 countries.
The Robert Walters Job Index tracks advertising volumes across leading job boards in Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The Index was launched in Q1 2013.
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DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID
Since January, global logistics leader DHL has distributed more than 200 million doses of the COVID vaccine to 120+ countries around the globe. While the US and UK recently rolled out immunisation plans to most citizens, countries with less developed infrastructure still desperately need more doses. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which currently has one of the highest per-capita immunisation rates, the government set up storage facilities to cover domestic and international demand. But storage, as we’ve learned, is little help if you can’t transport the goods.
This is where logistics leaders such as DHL make their impact. The company built over 50 new partnerships, bilateral and multilateral, to collaborate with pharmaceutical and private sector firms. With more than 350 DHL centres pressed into service, the group operated 9,000+ flights to ship the vaccine where it needed to go.
With new pandemic knowledge, DHL just released its “Revisiting Pandemic Resilience” white paper, which examined the role of logistics and supply chain companies in handling COVID-19. As Thomas Ellman, Head of Clinical Trials Logistics at DHL, said: “The past one year has highlighted the importance of logistics and supply chain management to manage the pandemic, ensure business continuity and protect public health. It has also shown us that together we are stronger”.
Multisector partnerships, DHL said, enabled rapid, effective vaccine distribution. While international scientists developed a vaccine in record time—five times faster than any other vaccine in history—manufacturers ramped up production and logistics teams rolled out distribution three times faster than expected. When commercial routes faced backups, logistics operators worked with military officers to transport vaccines via helicopters and boats.
In the UAE, the public-private HOPE Consortium distributed billions of COVID-19 doses to its civilians as well as other countries in need by partnering with commercial organisations such as DHL. For the first time, apropo for an unprecedented pandemic, logistics companies made strong connections with public health and government.
“While the race against the virus continues, leveraging the power of such collaborations and data analytics will be key”, said Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer DHL and Head of DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. “We need to remain prepared for high patient and vaccine volumes, maintain logistics infrastructure and capacity, while planning for seasonal fluctuations by providing a stable and well-equipped platform for the years to come”.
How Do We Sustain Immunisation?
By the end of 2021, experts estimate that we need approximately 10 billion doses of vaccines—many of which will be shipped to areas of the world, such as India, South Africa, and Brazil, that lack significant infrastructure. This is perhaps the greatest divide between countries that have rolled out successful immunisation programmes and those that have not. As Busch noted, “the UAE’s significant investments in creating robust air, sea, and land infrastructure facilitated logistics and vaccine distribution, helping us keep supply chains resilient”.
Neither is the novel coronavirus a one-time affair. If predictions hold, COVID will be similar to seasonal colds or the flu: here to stay. When fall comes around each year, governments will need to vaccinate the world as quickly as possible to ensure long-term immunisation against the virus. This time, logistics companies must be better prepared.
Yet global immunisation, year after year, is no small order. To keep reinfection rates low and slow the spread of COVID, governments will likely need 7-9 billion annual doses of the vaccine to meet that mark. And if DHL’s white paper is any judge of success, multi-sector supply chain partnerships will set the gold standard.