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Employment market easing in transport, logistics, supply chain sector

18 March, 2015

The employment market is easing in the transport, logistics and supply chain sector, according to the Labourforce March 2015 Job Index.

Specialist transport, logistics and supply chain recruitment company, Labourforce produces a regular Job Index to provide people within the industry the latest and comprehensive analysis of job advertisements within the sector.

Spokesperson for Labourforce, Paul McLeay said: "After a strong start to the year in January the Transport Logistics and Supply Chain employment market eased off with a 0.3 per cent rise in February placing the Labourforce Impex Job Index at 117.65.

"Over the past twelve months demand has risen 29.0 per cent, 10.1 per cent in the last six months and actually fallen 1.6 per cent in the last quarter. The long term trend has clearly been up but this cannot continue unabated. The market may well have plateaued but at a very strong level. Economic signals are mixed but with a weakening dollar and further interest rate falls on the horizon the market should stay strong."

Key findings

  • The Labourforce Impex Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain Job Index softened by 0.3 per cent in February
  • The Index now sits at 117.65, reflecting significant growth over the last twelve months
  • Permanent opportunities rose 1.9 per cent while Temp and Contract fell 4.2 per cent. There is a definite trend away from temporary to permanent hiring reflecting confidence amongst employers
  • Victoria rose 3.1 per cent and remains the strongest performing state. NSW still subdued
  • Demand for Store Persons and Freight Handlers is regathering momentum rising a further 6.4 per cent
  • Conversely managerial appointments continue to trend down, easing 3.9 per cent in February
  • Transport and Logistics employers have started the year confidently with demand rising a further 2.5 per cent while Manufacturing now trending down
  • Retail sector rose again, this time a whopping 11.0 per cent, a reflection of increased on line sales
  • McLeay said, "Interestingly Store persons and Freight Handler positions are bouncing back quite strongly and hit the peak of October last year. We expect to see this continue. Conversely managerial appointments continue to trend down, easing 3.9 per cent in February."

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