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Transport and logistic skills are in demand (part one)

The job market in Australia is continually evolving. As new business markets open and technologies change, so do the opportunities for the new and experienced job seeker. Both business owners and their staff need to be keeping an eye on new developments in the employment sector, as it indicates what developments lie ahead for the upcoming year and beyond.

Recently, the monthly ABS Labour Force report demonstrated the local market enjoyed 14 consecutive months of growth in the jobs market. This looks set to continue and the hunt is on for the new generation of skills that will be the basis for future expansion.

With that in mind, recruitment powerhouse Hays has recently released a Hays Jobs Report for January – June 2018  outlining the transport and logistic skills that are proving to be in hot demand. These are the skills employees can learn to take advantage of newly created positions.

In this two-part series, we’ll look at the sectors that are driving demand the most.


The Logistics sector requires many different disciplines to function. For example, Store persons who have experience with inventory management software are on the rise, as this software is driving an increasing number of warehouses. Likewise, cargo software knowledge is proving to be essential for job seekers who wish to become Export/Import Coordinators.

Those wishing to become Fleet Controllers should look into getting experience with wharf work, as it fosters the ability to work autonomously while managing the controlled chaos of drivers and heavy transport trailer deliveries. Similarly, prior experience in the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods sector, with its fast-paced nature, will prove fruitful for those looking to move into becoming a Fleet Controller.

In all areas of Logistics, it’s advised to have experience in purchasing, and working knowledge of inventory management software like ERP and SAP to gain an advantage over other candidates. Possessing an HR/HC license could also prove to be beneficial.

Manufacturing & operations

This fast-paced environment is growing and highly values those who can bring the necessary skills to the market. Proof of this is found with Supervisor or Manager roles, which utilise candidate’s experience in FMCG to showcase their skills in handling multiple complex tasks at once. A background in auditing or quality control will be beneficial to Quality Assurance roles, which require fastidious attention to detail.

Obtaining a restricted electrical licence can open many doors for the ambitious job-seeker, as many job sites do not have permanent electrical support staff. Mechanical fitters especially can add another skill to their list by getting this qualification.

In all aspects of Manufacturing & Operations, it is important to display flexibility and the willingness for candidates to work across non-standard shifts and working environments.


The engineering sector is a technically demanding one, and so expects a high-calibre grade of the applicant. Many roles will be in key demand. Due to the rapid growth of new property developments and subdivisions, civil design engineers are needed more than ever. Structural Engineers who offer complementary skills will find themselves sought after by employers, particularly in South Australia where the local industry is suffering an acute skills shortage.

Hays recommend prospective job seekers in this field have extensive experience with 12D software to join the industry. This is especially so for civil or water development.

In the next article in this series, we will look at the skills required to get into Trades & Labour, Resources & Mining and Oil & Gas.

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