19.4.2023 | Recruitment

Why Choose a Job in Logistics in 2023?

If you’re looking to take your career in a new direction, here are just a few reasons why logistics could be the industry that you’re looking for.

 

With the logistics sector keeping Britain moving (especially during lockdown) and the nation’s passion for online shopping showing no sign of abatement, the number of people joining the industry over recent years has skyrocketed, expanding by 190,000 people since 2019.

With an almost limitless array of jobs associated with the sector, A&S Recruitment’s Amanda Harrold shares some of the reasons why considering a career in the logistics business makes perfect sense.

Amanda says:  “The industry is almost unrecognisable from when A&S Recruitment was formed in 2006, with IT playing an ever-increasing role. If you’re looking to take your career in a new direction, here are just a few reasons why logistics could be the industry that you’re looking for.”

  • Logistics pays well

Across the board, companies involved in logistics pay well. The national average salary for a lorry driver is just under £40,000. And with other roles (import clerks, transport operators and forklift drivers) starting at salaries between £28,000 to £45,000, the industry is known as a good payer. The industry is still short of drivers, so plenty of companies are looking for new recruits.

  • You don’t need a degree to get involved.

Unlike many business sectors, a degree isn’t mandatory to start your logistics career. A host of roles are available that offer on-the-job training and are overseen by mid-level managers and supervisors. Employers for entry-level jobs are looking for candidates that demonstrate a drive and commitment to learning rather than higher education qualifications.

  • Career Progression

With the industry continuously evolving, employers are keen to retain the staff they have invested in, trained and who understand the intricacies of their business. I can think of tens of people who are now managers or even directors of the company they joined as entry-level staff members.

  • No Two Days are Ever the Same

As they say, variety is the spice of life, and this is never truer than a career in logistics. With retail peaks and troughs, and the challenges of bringing goods from across the world to a central distribution centre, boredom isn’t something you often hear about. And when you add the challenges surrounding the movement of goods following Brexit,  there’s plenty to keep those little grey cells working.

  •  Opportunities for Women

 Whilst historically a male-dominated industry, girl power is making its mark and women now account for 20% of the UK logistics workforce. Whether you want to be a truck driver, a transport planner or have dreams of running your own haulage company one day, the opportunities are there for women to thrive, demonstrated by the permanent appointments we brokered in 2023, which recorded us placing over 55% of women in logistics roles.

“Having spent my whole career working to support the sector, I know my views are somewhat biased. However, what sets the logistics world apart for me is its sense of community and friendliness. Yes, everyone has a job to do, but when you can spend your working day as part of a great team looking out for each other, everything is made much easier and more enjoyable.”