The number of jobs created by the UK’s largest logistics company is set to exceed 700,000 by 2020, but the biggest challenge is finding workers.
The UK’s government has pledged to build at least 1,000 new jobs in the sector by 2025, but it says it can only deliver 1,400 by 2020.
There are a number of reasons for the shortfall.
The first is the UK is still a member of the EU and the number of companies that have signed up to the UK Government’s 2020 Jobs for the Future scheme is small, so there is not enough money to support more workers.
This could explain the lack of investment in logistics firms, particularly in rural areas.
The second reason is that the UK has been hit by a series of economic shocks.
The Brexit vote, the election of the first female prime minister, the fall in the value of sterling since the Brexit vote and a general tightening of the financial system are all contributing to a slowdown in the economy.
The third reason is the lack and lack of the skills of those who do manage to find work.
A UK-based business owner who has managed to find a job in logistics says that she was only able to find one worker after a company moved her job from a more secure location.
“It took six months, but we managed to get a job and have paid for the whole thing,” she says.
“I had to move from a position where I had the ability to manage people, manage the organisation and so on.
But the whole point of a job is to earn a living.
You don’t get paid if you are not earning a living.”
The fourth reason is a lack of demand for labour.
“There is a lot of supply out there, but you need to find people who want to work,” she adds.
“When you have people who are qualified and who want the job, there is a shortage.”
She has recently taken on another role, and says that her previous role with a local council was not the most challenging.
“The only thing that got me through was I was very flexible, so I didn’t mind moving and doing the job when I had to,” she said.
You have to have them working.” “
You are not going to find anyone who wants to work in logistics, and you can’t just get them through to a position.
You have to have them working.”
The fifth reason is technology.
It is a growing market, but in order to find jobs in logistics it is vital that companies are equipped with technology.
This is particularly important for rural areas, where infrastructure is usually lacking and the supply chain is not always clear.
“As you move into rural areas the technology becomes more important,” she continues.
“People have got to be aware of where their product comes from, what it is and how it is made.”
This means that logistics companies need to be able to provide accurate and up-to-date information, as well as ensure that the information is correct.
“They need to have a plan, a plan that is clear, and then they have to make it work,” says Ms Hodge.
“We are really seeing a lot more and more of that.”
There are other factors to consider, too.
“Most of the time the jobs that people are looking for in logistics come from overseas,” she notes.
“And a lot people who work in the UK do not have any experience of working in logistics and do not know where their next job is coming from.”
The shortage of skilled labour in logistics is also not just about technology.
“In order to be competitive, it is important to be ready,” she argues.
“If you are going to build a new building and there is nobody who knows what it was built for, you cannot build a building that is going to last.”
And with fewer and fewer jobs available, the logistics industry is being pushed into a new era of rapid expansion.
The company that she works for, Ready Logistics, says that it is “ready to grow fast”.
In 2016, it added more than 1,100 jobs, and plans to double its workforce by 2025.
But it does not take into account the cost of living in the area, the complexity of the local economy or the lack to access skilled workers.
Ms Huddle says that the industry needs to “get better” at providing training, and that it needs to be “better at sourcing and developing talent”.
But she also points out that this needs to happen in a “whole-of-government” way.
“Everyone is going through the same things, so it is all about the government.
It doesn’t need to come in and say, ‘I am going to give you money and we are going the other way’.” Ready Logings is part of a consortium of three firms, which have formed the UK-wide company to address the skills gap in logistics.
“These companies are looking to do something about this,