the hottest logistics jobs of 2017

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One of last year’s biggest transportation and logistics trends was a steep drop in costs. Low oil prices were a boon to the freight industry. Reduced costs led to a greater market for Canadian exports, ultimately driving economic growth. In 2017, oil prices are set to rebound. To stay competitive on the world stage, Canadian businesses will need to reevaluate and refine their supply chains, and streamline their approach to delivering goods and services.

As the second largest country in the world, Canada has long been recognized as a transportation leader. To keep Canadian exports flowing smoothly and deliver goods to all of Canada’s far-reaching communities, Canadians rely on the expertise of the logistics industry. Despite the emergence of automated technologies (such as Amazon’s dabbling in a drone delivery program) there is no reliable replacement for skilled logistics workers.

Another noteworthy shift in the logistics and transportation sector is the dominance of ecommerce and online purchasing. Online shopping has become a way of life for Canadians, with more than three quarters of the population indulging in the practice over the past year, spending over $136 billion. All these online purchases have to be delivered, which is where the logistics industry steps in!

the hottest logistics jobs in 2017

the hottest logistics jobs in 2017

The logistics sector underscores the rest of Canadian economy. Canadians from coast to coast count on the logistics industry to organize the storage, transportation and delivery of goods of all shapes and sizes. So it should come as no surprise that retail and warehousing represent the area of largest growth.

Industrial workers that collect, process, transport and deliver online purchase are particularly in demand. Industrial roles such as warehouse workers, order clerks, forklift drivers, and shipping and receiving clerks are in steady demand. As you gain experience in these roles, they can lead to in-demand supervisory roles such as logistics manager or warehouse manager.

the hottest logistics jobs in 2017

demand for logistics workers across canada

The logistics industry employs almost 1.1 million Canadians. There’s a steady demand for logistics workers nationwide, however the need is particularly concentrated in central and western Canada. Wherever manufacturing hubs exist throughout Canada, warehouse and logistics teams are needed to process and distribute the goods produced.

At any given time, there are 23,200 logistics jobs posted in Canada. This number is up from 14,000 last year, indicating strong growth in this sector. It takes recruiters 55 days to fill logistics jobs, well over the national average of 45 days. The rapid growth in this industry and Canada’s tendency to prefer roles that require university-education over hands-on, vocational training has led to a shortage of industrial labourers.

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the hottest logistics jobs in 2017

average logistics salaries in canada

The median annual salary in the logistics industry $35,000. This accounts for a little less than half of the average Canadian family’s income, which is $78,870, according to Statistics Canada’s latest census. The low salaries may be attributed to the number of low-skill general labour jobs in this sector. As you move into supervisory roles, salaries become increasingly competitive.

Consistent with the patterns we see across most industries, logistics salaries in Ontario and Western Canada tend to be slightly higher than average, while Quebec sits slightly lower on the spectrum.

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skills that increase your employability in 2017

Canadian employers in the logistics sector are seeking candidates who have the skills to streamline day-to-day operations. Logistics specialists with skills related to storing, transporting and delivering goods are in a prime position. Knowledge of best transportation practices, procedures for handling various hazardous materials, and creating bills of lading are a definite plus and will help you go far!

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sectors where industrial workers are in demand

As you might expect, the majority of employers that are actively recruiting logistics candidates are focused in the retail, transportation and wholesale industries. If you’re looking for opportunities that are a little more outside the box, consider opportunities in industries like waste management, food services and construction. Given the upswing in opportunities available in this sector in 2017, there’s plenty of options to choose from, no matter your workplace preferences.

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