Source: Kuhne + Nagel
Although logistics continues to grow in the context of the positive situation in the industry and new opportunities for further growth are opening to it, it is currently beginning to experience a literally worldwide shortage of skilled workers. This deficiency concerns virtually all positions, ranging from handling workers in warehouses to management.
An interesting study was created for the World Bank by experts from Kühne Logistics University, Germany, which deals with the problem and bring some interesting reflection. The study says that the lack of staff for the logistics sector leads to the fact that inadequately educated people who are not sufficiently skilled are increasingly accepted into logistics, which further aggravates the problem. In fact, this may bring serious consequences not only for the logistics industry in the future but also for the entire industry itself, which fundamentally depends on logistics services. “Globally logistics has been enjoying growth rates of around 5% per annum but not attracting the number of skilled people that it requires to sustain this growth and meet ever more complex supply chain challenges,” explains Professor Alan McKinnon, one of the study’s creators. The cause of workers shortage is related to the development in the industry, which in many cases can offer better financial and other conditions to job seekers.
While the shortage of workers in transport and logistics is manifested globally, the structure of the missing labour force is different in various parts of the world. For example, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States report mainly the lack of truck drivers. In developing countries, people with adequate education and qualifications are missing at all.
The study also suggests a number of measures to improve the situation. For obvious reasons, the emphasis is placed primarily on education that governments should support at all levels and make them more interesting and accessible. One of the options is the use of business games and simulations, which can bring the opportunity to try out the solution of practical tasks to overly theoretical lessons. There is also a need for the transfer of knowledge and experience to emerging countries.
While the importance of industrial production for higher and safer levels of life is obvious, nevertheless logistics remains somewhat in the background, although it is indispensable for production and distribution. These can lead to less attractiveness for students and new employees. It is the responsibility of all those involved in logistics – not only of the governments – to inform as much as possible about the importance and good job opportunities in this field so that social consciousness changes and is more favourable to logistics.
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