Almost half of employees in logistics not ready for the future

Almost half of all employees working in logistics and supply chain are not ready for the future. No less than 40 percent say that there is insufficient room in their current job for the development of new technical skills. 36 percent think that too few training courses are offered to keep the knowledge and skills up to date. This is evident from the Job of the Future survey by recruitment expert Hays, which interviewed 350 employees from the sector about their expectations for 2030.

Looking at current knowledge and development opportunities, 52 percent of employees indicate that their knowledge about technological developments in the sector is not up-to-date. While development opportunities are therefore limited, at least 90 percent of respondents believe that continuous training is essential to remain employable in the sector. According to 64 percent of respondents, artificial intelligence (AI) and big data form the basis for every decision made in the sector in 2030. According to Hays, the sector is therefore faced with the challenge of finding suitable professionals to meet increasing demand and further automation.

New jobs and opportunities
The research also shows that the size of the logistics and supply chain sector is large; almost one in ten working Dutch people is active in this sector. Two thirds of them believe that 10 to 30 percent of the current jobs will disappear in 2030 due to, among other things, digitization, automation and robots. On the other hand, 50 percent think that these developments will also create new jobs and opportunities. This mainly concerns senior profiles and middle management positions. Today’s planners are expected to be high-tech data experts in the future; they connect people with logistics data and make proactive decisions. However, people remain necessary to perform checks, in the event of failing technology or if the wishes of the customer fall outside the capabilities of the machines.

Sustainable development is enormously important for employees
According to Sergio Koosman, Business Line Manager Experts from Hays Nederland, sustainable staff development to stay connected with logistics is hugely important in the future. “The awareness is already there. But now it’s time to take action by offering development opportunities. This is conceivable in many forms, such as “training on the job”, but also collaborations with colleges and universities. This is very important for many companies, but it appears to be difficult. We see that the average level of education is rising due to, among other things, automation, modernization and a shift from, for example, transport knowledge to management skills. In addition, everything that we cannot digitize increases in value. If the right talent is found and trained for this, a huge number of opportunities in the logistics and supply chain sector can be exploited.”

This is a translation from an article originally posted by Supply Chain Magazine on 22-08-2019.