CILT highlights all round worker recruitment issues

A new report from the Chartered Institutes of Logistics and Transport (CILT) shows that logistics companies are trying new ways of getting more drivers, tech, executive and logistics staff. These include offering flexible working patterns, focusing on diversity and improving career paths.

The report also argued that the lack of time and interest in training on the part of employees contributes to a hindering of efforts to train staff.

The is a skills shortage in logistics and more than half to the companies consulted by the CILT expect the skills shortage to get worse in the next five years. Just four percent felt that this will get better, while a further 21% was uncertain about their future ability to recruit more staff.

While there is a well known shortage of warehouse workers and vehicle drivers for example, software engineers, project managers and executives are the hardest roles to fill, the report said. Some 23% of logistics companies describe hiring tech talent as problematic.

The CILT report showed that 42% of logistics firms cite lack of job-specific skills as the main barrier to successful recruitment, with lack of work experience (29%), and low wages (25%) the other most common challenges.

“There needs to be more done to attract talent to the industry,” said CILT chief executive Kevin Richardson.

“Logistics is hugely important to the UK economy, and if the sector is struggling to recruit the effects will be felt by other industries that rely on logistics to operate effectively.”

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