‘Devastating’ skills deficit in logistics sector revealed

‘Devastating’ skills deficit in logistics sector revealed

The logistics sector has a significant recruitment problem that could potentially cause the nation to grind to a halt, new research from recruitment and training organisation Talent in Logistics suggests.

According to its Changing Perceptions: Attracting Young Talent report, just 8% of young people consider the sector to be an attractive career option while 42% of respondents didn’t know what logistics is. 

Almost 450 students and teachers took part in the research, which also revealed significant concerns around diversity, career opportunities and salary.

A quarter (26%) of the young people quizzed said they do not believe there is gender diversity within the logistics sector, while less than a fifth  (18%) have been spoken to their school or sixth form about logistics as a career path.

“The perception of logistics is arguably the biggest problem facing the sector when trying to recruit new talent,” says Ruth Edwards, business manager of Talent in Logistics.

“As an organisation we want to promote the importance of recruiting talent from groups that are currently under-represented in the logistics industry.

“It’s only by future-proofing the nation’s currently thriving logistics sector that we can keep the UK moving.” 

With only 9% of the current workforce being under 25 - and 45% being over 45 - time is running out for the sector before it experiences a devastating skills deficit, the report notes.

While driver shortages and skills gaps are already taking their toll, the biggest hurdle is the sector’s ageing population and the lack of millennials coming up through the ranks to replace them. 

Ruth added: “We are calling upon the sector and the education system to play their part in ensuring young people are aware of the many amazing opportunities and career paths available within logistics.”

The Changing Perceptions: Attracting Young Talent Into Logistics report can be downloaded here (registration required)