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Demand rises in Wales for logistics professionals

By: Deborah Bates
14 December 2010

A recent study has shown that organisations across Wales intend to increase their staff head count in 2011, with a particular focus on logistics recruitment, reports BBC News.

Over 2000 businesses in the country responded to a survey undertaken by an independent recruitment company which showed an 18 percent rise in those looking to recruit over the next quarter. This means that Wales will see the largest improvement in recruitment statistics in the UK, for the period of January to March 2011.

Opposing the nationwide trend, employers in Wales are anticipating a significant rise in the demand for skilled logistics and retail professionals, supported by recruitment professional Amanda White - "There's a particular desire for temporary staff in Wales in those sectors, which is different to what you see across the UK."

"There's a number of reasons for this - businesses want temporary staff because it's a flexible approach for recruitment, and helps cater for peaks and demands. The figures for Wales show it is still a very popular place to do business, temporary recruitment is strong there, and there is lots of investment in the infrastructure locally." concludes White.

Wales Online cites fellow industry expert, Andrew Shellard, who claims "Having experienced two years of negative hiring prospects, the region's return to positive hiring intentions is great news for the local economy and jobseekers alike, and an encouraging sign for 2011."

A chief executive working in Cardiff, Bill Mayne, confirmed his company would be recruiting, and that he is actively seeking "experienced and senior people", in order to take full advantage of the opportunities presented in the marketplace.

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