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Logistics recruitment could snap up public sector workers

By: William Hobson
25 October 2010

Haulage and logistics recruitment in the private sector could benefit from the influx of new workers from the public sector following the cuts outlined in the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR), the chief executive of Wincanton has said.

Speaking in Road Transport, Wincanton CE Graeme McFaull said that many of the public sector workers made redundant due to the cuts could find opportunities at logistics companies. Jobs in the sector require a wide diversity of skills and "there are a huge number of varied roles in logistics," he said.

"From warehouse and transport staff to HR, finance and project managers - it is this diversity of available roles in our growing industry that can fit the experience of the new job seekers."

"Logistics is a growing industry, valued at about £30bn," said McFaull. "And despite an extremely tough period in the economy we expect growth to continue and indeed, accelerate in the years to come."

McFaull and Wincanton's confidence comes despite the cuts to defence spending outlined in the CSR.

Previously Wincanton had set itself the goal of generating some £10m in pre-tax profit from defence and aerospace logistics work and had singled it out as an area with massive potential growth. However with cuts to both troop numbers and equipment spending, overall transport volumes generated by defence will be lower as a consequence.

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