Logistics employers set to increase staff levels in 2014

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Half of businesses within the transport and logistics sector are planning to increase staff levels in 2014, Barclays’ latest research has revealed.

The Barclays Employers Survey 2014 questioned 684 businesses across all sectors, from small firms with a turnover of up to £5 million, to larger firms with a turnover of more than £500 million.

It found that those within the transport and logistics sector are now more confident about the UK economy, with 55 per cent saying 2014 will be more optimistic than 2013.

Some 32 per cent of companies are looking to fill senior management roles over the next 12 months, while 93 per cent hope to recruit low and unskilled workers, compared to 73 per cent this time last year.

And 93 per cent are also hoping to recruit middle or junior management/skilled staff.

“As confidence returns to the sector, it is encouraging to see businesses looking to recruit more low and unskilled workers as they are essential for the front line of business growth,” said Rob Riddleston, head of transport & logistics at Barclays.

“Add to that, the increase in senior management hires and the constant figure on middle/junior management/skilled hires and what we are witnessing is businesses determined to drive the business strategy forward at all levels.”

The survey also found that 41 per cent of businesses within the sector are set to increase wages in 2014.

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