Gender & Equality
The industry is in the fortunate position to be experiencing strong demand and growth, which translates into increased job opportunities. The Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council has forecasted 151,000 job openings for the period 2013-17, with a corresponding employment growth rate of 1.8 per cent a year. This is higher than the all industries rate of 1.4 per cent.
New job opportunities are being created from increased demand in various sectors and new occupations are evolving from advances in technology. The retirement of existing workers is also increasing job opportunities. Meeting the ongoing labour demand will require a shift in strategies and practices used by employers to attract and retain a skilled and engaged workforce.
Unfortunately the Transport and Logistics Industry remains largely male dominated with women representing only approximately 19% of the workforce in South Australia. This figure certainly illustrates an issue with current practises in creating an environment that attracts an equitable skilled and engaged workforce. It is understood that inequity and career barriers continue to be an issue for women, which is demonstrated by the decline in the number of women employed in the sector despite previous years of strong growth. Many of the women who make up the 19% are also typically in administration and support related roles with limited representation in senior and managerial positions.
The industry must embrace existing challenges with an informed and clear commitment to support and retain women currently employed as well as to attract new women to the industry. There are certainly opportunities to increase awareness of the benefits and opportunities available to women in transport and logistics, as well as promote strategies to support employers to bring about positive change to their organisations.
The South Australian Freight Council is committed to supporting women employed in transport and logistics to realise their professional potential. Our vision is that the industry offers opportunities for existing women employees to pursue dynamic and fulfilling careers, while also attracting new female employees.
The following information has been adopted from SAFC's published report "Best Practise Principles for Increasing Gender Equality in the Transport and Logistics Industry".
It introduces an overview of the industry, womens current contribution to transport and logistics, current issues before expanding on the Best Practise Principles for Increasing Gender Equality.
The section also includes case studies of succesfull women in South Australia's transport and logistics industry.