Brexit could lead to tighter migration controls which would have a significant impact on road haulage as the sector relies heavily on drivers from the EU. Recruitment of drivers is going to get harder for logistics companies and we can expect to see fewer applicants for vacancies. There will no doubt be a shift towards training of UK employees in driving skills and we are encouraging our members to explore training options.
Fewer drivers is a concern but what about the other specialist roles across logistics that are proving just as hard to fill?
Even before we leave the EU, the Brexit threat is causing recruitment issues with the Freight Trade Association reporting in its Logistics Skills Report 2019, a 43% rise in job vacancies in the transport and storage industry over the last two years.
Now more than ever, logistics companies need a broader, more professional skillset across their workforce with demand for expertise in customs tariffs and systems. Whilst some services such as customs declarations can be outsourced, it is sensible for companies to consider upskilling its existing employees to prepare for the demands of Brexit.
Stockpiling continues to increase as companies mitigate the risks of Brexit ahead of the busiest time of year with Black Friday and Christmas. Warehouse space is at a premium and there is increasing demand for staff to manage this storage. For warehouse operators, there is a growing concern that there might not be enough skilled workers to meet this demand.
The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is driving an ambitious skills agenda across the region and can offer guidance to logistics companies on demonstrating aspirational career paths for employees, apprenticeships and signpost to training and vocational courses.