- A recent report issued by DHL stated that the US Bureau of Statistics estimates a 26% growth spurt in logistics between 2010-2020, while a different study estimates the number of jobs exceeding available staff at a 6:1 ratio, Air Cargo News reported.
- The DHL report surveyed 350 supply chain and operations staff who believe the shortage is based on necessary skills, an aging workforce, lack of future development and a perception that supply chain jobs lack excitement.
- However, opportunities for improvement abound, such as management working to offer clearer career paths and a visible commitment to the professional development of its supply chain staff. Truly competitive remuneration packages can help attract and retain current talent as well.
Manufacturing and the supply chain have long been calling for an infusion of new blood and energy, but the success of their varying methods of recruitment remain low. Job fairs, junior college training programs, and even STEM opportunities in high school are all being tried, but the shortage remains.
A more direct and active approach may be warranted. Scholarship awards and continual interaction with company leaders offer effectiveness in drawing talent to a business in need of employees, as could specially-tailored work study programs. Further, instead of simply deploying the HR department to various job fairs, Presidents and Vice Presidents of the companies in need should attend, not only to make a strong impression, but also to impress on potential new hires the direct engagement that is available.
Finally, valuable rewards packages are always a draw. At a time when disappearing benefits and deliberately reduced hours are the norm at many U.S. companies, offering more — more incentives, more training and more career growth opportunities — could make the difference in a candidate's decision-making process.