For a long time now the global logistics industry, to a lesser or greater degree, has seen a decline in the numbers of young people taking up a career in logistics. Often this is attributed to competition from other industries, poor perception of career progression or (importantly) a lack of general understanding about logistics.
In any case good intel about the level of decline is difficult to come by. The actual figure for vacancies v applicants is impossible to measure, not least because of the vast number of jobs and positions available in what is a diverse, cross-sector, cross-continent industry.
However, when you break down the industry into it's component parts; freight forwarding, haulage, 3PL, shipping, supply chain and warehousing (forgive me if I've left some out!) it then becomes possible to identify patterns or trends within each area. In doing this I've realised that also it's possible to break it down even further and categorise the type of logistics worker into just two groups; qualified non-manual and unqualified manual. So, in layman's terms a qualified non-manual worker might perform managerial, contractual or financial roles while a unqualified manual worker is likely to carry out physical, ground level, machine-operating roles.
Now, it's important to say that this is just a theory (strangely one that arrived to me during the consumption of home-cooked steak and chips) so it bears no resemblance to European classification codes or industry terms. But what it can help to do is to highlight is the amount and type of academic training (at least in the UK) that's offered to both groups at school, college and university levels, consequently highlighting the deficiencies that exist in preparing students for a logistics career. And so, at last, I come to the point of this blog.