Up to 15,500 job vacancies forecast in freight and logistics sector to 2020

Some 13,500 to 15,500 job vacancies are predicted to become available in the freight transport, distribution and logistics (FTDL) sector in Ireland up to 2020, according to a report by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN).

There are currently around 48,800 people employed in core FTDL occupations spread across a range of sectors within the economy including transportation and storage, manufacturing and retail and wholesale trade. 

The report, ‘Demand for skills in the Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics sector in Ireland 2015-2020’, states that there is demand within the sector for more graduate level entrants to ensure a provision of managers, planners and associated office workers with adequate skills. 

The use of sophisticated warehouse management systems is increasing the requirement for skilled staff. Warehouse roles in demand include warehouse managers, fork lift operators, order pickers, and warehouse operatives. 

“Within firms, skills need to be nurtured and developed through improved provision of training and the support of lifelong learning. There is a need for the development of structured career paths especially for lower skilled workers,” said chairperson of the EGFSN Una Halligan.

“While at present, employers perceive few recruitment difficulties, except for heavy goods vehicle drivers, this is likely to change due to increasing skills demand arising over the next five years. In order to meet this demand, the poor image of the FTDL sector needs to improve.” 

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