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20th June 2013, Page 35
20th June 2013
Page 35
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SHOPPING is boosting recruitment prospects among e-commerce delivery firms, but the transport sector as a whole has reduced its hiring intentions for the coming three months compared with the last quarter, the 03 Manpower Employment Outlook survey has revealed.

Although transport firms are still planning to hire over the summer period, the transport sector's net employment outlook for 03 this year has fallen to +2% from a bullish +16% last quarter ( CM 21 March).

"Large volumes of home deliveries are creating strong demand for Category B van drivers, as well as drivers of larger 7.5-tonners," said Simon Edwards, Manpower sector director — logistics.

He added: "Demand in the Category B segment is particularly encouraging — drivers don't need a licence upgrade to drive these vehicles, so there are lower barriers to entry.

"This is helping to attract a more diverse workforce, with younger and female drivers applying."

Meanwhile, an encouraging employment outlook rating in the construction sector — up five points on last quarter to -4% — is being reflected in job prospects in the transport sector.

"We are seeing increased demand for Class 2 lorry loaders within building distribution," said Edwards. "Beyond drivers, positions are becoming available as general managers and warehouse managers, and there is increasing demand for white collar professionals with supply chain and procurement expertise.

"So while the transport outlook has declined on last quarter, there is still reason for optimism," he added.

The strongest hiring intentions for the July-September period were reported by the finance and business services sector, with a +14% score. The UK's national employment outlook for 03 was +5%.

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