Monster: could women be the answer to supply chain skills shortages?

UK recruitment platform Monster is calling for more women to apply for supply chain roles, with 50,000+ jobs recently being advertised in the sector as demand booms.

There is a gender imbalance in the sector with women accounting for just 13% of the 850,000 workers in warehouse, delivery and logistics.

Monster wishes to address this imbalance where certain jobs are misrepresented as ‘men’s jobs’. In HGV driving there is an estimated shortage of 59,000 drivers and 64% of transport and storage businesses are facing severe skills shortages according to the Freight Trade Association. To add to this the average age of HGV drivers is 50 and the skills shortage is set to be compounded by many retiring.

However, women have a far higher pass rate of the HGV license test than men yet just 9% of the tests are taken by women. Fewer than 2% of the 300,000 drivers in the UK are women.

Derek Jenkins, General Manager for Monster in UK & Ireland, said: “A career in the industry is one with a range of development possibilities for both men and women. Workers can spend time listening to podcasts and audio courses. They can also upskill to bigger trucks, specialist trucks or additional forklift skills. HGV driving is a smart career choice.”

“We are in desperate need of pioneering women who can change the perception of the industry. This is a clear opportunity for a sector that, even with extended furlough and lockdown measures, is still struggling to fill open vacancies. There’s a wide variety of roles hiring right now at all levels of experience. From Warehouse Operatives, Dispatchers, Managers and Customer Care to Forklift operators, Delivery drivers and HGV Drivers.”

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