Around 27,000 logistics companies operate in the Greater London area generating an annual gross turnover of £8.8 billion and employing some 234,000 logistics staff, 6% of the capital’s workforce. The supply-chain industry offers an extensive range of work and a career fulfilling opportunity to contribute to the smooth-running success of London’s economy.
Typical jobs featured on recruitment agencies websites include Strategic Purchasing Manager and Operations Supervisor to Warehouse Assistant and Shelf-Picker, with on the job training for inexperienced staff. In London, manual job pay rates average around £14,000, graduate level employees earn upwards of £18,000 while professional qualifications in transport, logistics and supply-chain management command higher salaries.
Although it is advantageous to have a technical degree, candidates with unrelated disciplines are encouraged to apply. Leadership qualities and soft skills are becoming increasingly important as more London-based logistics businesses look for candidates with interpersonal qualities that help to improve a company’s performance. Logistics related studies and career progression courses, leading to NVQ’s, diplomas and second degrees, are widely supported by the industry and offered at every level of employment.
The logistics industry is a 24 hour operation, seven days a week with operational staff expected to cover weekends and nights.