28.11.2023 | Recruitment

The Challenges of 2023

In Porttalk this week, Amanda Harrold shares her thoughts on the logistics recruitment landscape and how, as a local company, A&S Recruitment has been doing all it can to encourage young people to consider the industry as an exciting, diverse and financially rewarding career.

Having faced the frustrations of a lack of drivers, the ramifications of Brexit and a host of other issues in 2022, this year has brought new challenges to the logistics sector with declining container volumes, rate drops and faltering demand.

In Porttalk this week, Amanda Harrold shares her thoughts on the logistics recruitment landscape and how, as a local company, A&S Recruitment has been doing all it can to encourage young people to consider the industry as an exciting, diverse and financially rewarding career.

Amanda says: “The 2023 financial downturn has significantly impacted the warehousing and logistics sector, triggering a series of challenges and shifts within the industry, including employers’ reluctance to take on new staff members and those in work opting to stay rather than look for new opportunities.

“Companies operating within warehousing and logistics may face pressure to streamline operations, reduce expenses, and optimise their supply chains. This potentially involves reevaluating warehouse locations, renegotiating contracts with suppliers and logistics partners, and implementing more cost-effective technologies and processes. These adjustments also lead to workforce reductions, which in turn means an excess of qualified candidates and employers’ unwillingness to offer the inflated salaries previously required to attract the right talent.

“The challenge of addressing diversity and inclusion across the sector is ever-present and needs to be overcome. Whilst some progress has been made, the industry must prioritise creating a more inclusive environment that attracts diverse talent pools.

“Overcoming biases and stereotypes while actively promoting diversity initiatives is crucial for recruitment strategies, and companies must implement policies that foster inclusivity and equal opportunities to attract and retain a broader range of talents, all of which will  strengthen the industry in the future and ensure varied perspectives and skill sets.”

Constantly adapting to the changes and challenges of the industry and aiming to keep ahead of the curve, A&S Recruitment has been busy this year partnering with local colleges and Suffolk University to help support future talent and showcase the opportunities in the sector, which essentially’ keeps Britain moving’.

Amanda continues: “Regionally, there is an appetite in schools and colleges to learn more about the sector’s potential. Attempting to remove the perception that logistics is all about being a truck driver, we are talking with colleges about including logistics as a subject on the curriculum to explain the full range of opportunities – from IT to warehouse to HR and more.

“2023 has been unexpectedly difficult for many, but the talk is that by quarter two of 2024, we should start to see an uplift within the sector. Fingers crossed.”