T&L Christmas Jobs Boost

Demand for workers in the transport and logistics sector is on the rise in the lead-up to Christmas, according to new figures from recruitment firm Labourforce.

The company’s job index for October shows a 4.3 per cent rise overall in employment in transport and logistics, with Victoria leading the way.

The index shows demand for temporary and contract staff increased by 6.9 per cent in October. Labourforce says this is due in large part to the need for temporary labour as Christmas approaches.

Demand for permanent staff is also on the rise, with the index recording a 3.4 per cent increase last month.

"While the surge in Christmas hiring is good news for industry workers, the healthy increase in demand for permanent staff is a bellwether for improvements in business confidence and hiring," Labourforce spokesman Paul Mcleay says.

The figures continue a strong trend for the transport and logistics market. Labourforce says job advertisements have increased by 20.7 per cent in the past six months.

The transport and logistics sector accounted for most of the job advertisements in October (26 per cent), followed by mining, utilities and construction (25.6 per cent) and retail and wholesale at 24.3 per cent.

New South Wales retains the largest share of transport and logistics jobs, but a fall in manufacturing demand has hampered growth.


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