Staff shortages to hit logistics sector

16 November 2010

16 November 2010 | Helen Gilbert

The logistics sector must brace itself for a tough Christmas because there is a lack of suitably trained temporary staff to fill roles.

A study of 2,500 recruitment firms by de Poel, a purchaser of temporary agency labour, showed that more than two thirds (69 per cent) are expecting a shortage of temporary agency labour over the festive season.

The logistics industry fared the worst with 42 per cent of agencies predicting a heavy shortfall of workers.

Nearly a quarter (24 per cent) of agencies anticipated a shortage of workers in the care sector.  The manufacturing sector is also expected to suffer from a lack of temporary staff according to 14 per cent of agencies.

Matthew Sanders, CEO of de Poel described the findings as “concerning” especially against the backdrop of rising levels of unemployment.

He added: “In October the government confirmed there would be no changes to the Agency Workers regulations that will be coming into force in 2011, which gives temporary agency workers the same rights as permanent staff after 12 weeks in a job.

“We hope that this will encourage more people to consider temporary agency labour as an alternative to permanent work, while still being able to get the same benefits.”

The retail and construction industries came out the best with only eight per cent of those surveyed seeing a shortage in the retail sector and seven per cent in the construction industry.

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