47% of employers plan to increase headcount

47% of employers plan to increase headcount

Transport Allocators, Warehouse Managers and Supervisors, and Import and Export Coordinators are areas of demand in logistics for employers who plan to increase permanent staff levels this financial year, according to recruiting company Hays.

In a survey of more than 3,000 organisations representing over 2.3 million employees for the annual Hays Salary Guide, the recruiter found that strategy and consulting will lead jobs growth, with 63 per cent of employers indicating they’ll add to their headcount in this area.

This is followed by general management (57 per cent), information technology (53 per cent) and project management (51 per cent). Fifty per cent expect to increase their human resources, operational management and sales permanent headcounts.

Twenty-two per cent of employers will also increase their use of temporary and contract staff. The trend of employing temporary and contract staff on a regular, ongoing basis will continue, with 24% of employers now doing so.

“The coming six months will see continued labour market strength, with permanent and temporary hiring intentions suggesting further employment gains,” said managing director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand Nick Deligiannis.

“However, employers say the shortage of highly-skilled professionals will impact the effective operation of their organisation or department.”

According to the Hays Jobs Report, covering the July to December half, skills in demand for the six months ahead in logistics and manufacturing include:

Logistics: Transport Allocators, Warehouse Managers and Supervisors and Import and Export Coordinators are areas of demand.

Manufacturing & Operations: Field Service Technicians, Engineering Drafters, Production Managers and Engineering Managers with technology and robotics experience are needed.

Procurement: Demand exists for Category Managers with end-to-end procurement skills, Procurement Officers and Senior Procurement Managers with a strategic focus.

Retail: Retail professionals with digital development and marketing expertise are required, as are Store Managers with experience implementing change and Merchandise Planners.

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