Focus on logistics
Essex, Southend and Thurrock are home to two international airports, three international ports, the London International Cruise Terminal and numerous warehouses. Essex employers provide air, sea, rail and road transport, moving goods across the UK and internationally. The sector is suffering from an ageing workforce, with employers concerned about the future supply of workers. People often don’t realise the career potential of the sector, nor the amount of money you could earn in logistics.
What could I do in logistics?
Often people don't realise the career potential of the sector, nor the amount of money you can earn in logistics. Because this is a global sector, there are many opportunities to travel nationally and even abroad, working on many distribution projects, from consumables, to vehicles, construction materials or even passengers in an aircraft. That is not to say you have to be behind the wheel though, in order to make sure anything arrives safely and efficiently to its destination, a whole range of other roles take place in the background including: distribution planning, customer service and warehouse management.
- 'Logistics is only for men' - This sector employs over 400,000 women in logistics across the UK and many employers are looking to employ more women who can bring a diverse skill set and help keep operations running smoothly.
- 'It's all about HGV and LGV driving' - The industry offers a variety of different jobs. In Essex there were more than 180 different advertised occupations in 2017.
Top skills employers are looking for
- Customer Service
- Traffic Planning
- Business Management
- Computer Skills
- Quality Assurance
- Problem Solving
- Forklift Operation
Top job roles advertised in Essex
- Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) Driver
- Courier/Van Driver
- Forklift Truck Operator
- Storage/Warehouse Manager
- Air Transport Operative
- Ship and Hovercraft Officer
- Aircraft Pilot/Flight Engineer
- Crane Operative
Example job roles:
Example entry job roles:
The logistics sector offers plenty of opportunities for you to get your foot in the door of this exciting industry.
Take a look at some of the entry level roles below.
Weighbridge Operator: £15k - £21k+ Weighbridge Operators check delivery paperwork and record the weight of lorries arriving and leaving the depot, factory or site. There are no set entry requirements, but you’ll need to be well organised, with good administration and IT skills. You will need an attention to detail and be a good communicator. Training is given on the job in most cases.
Port Operative: £15k - £25k+ Port Operatives work with cargo, passengers and marine craft in ports and harbours. There are no set entry requirements, but you’ll have to pass a medical exam. You may need a driving licence and colour-normal vision is essential. You will need excellent fitness levels, practical skills, the ability to follow instructions and work in a team. Your average working week is about 40 hours on a shift system, covering seven days a week.
Import-Export Clerk: £18k - £28k+ An Import-Export Clerk ships goods to and from the UK by road, rail, air and sea. Employers will usually expect you to have at least four GCSEs at grades 9 - 4 (A* to C) including English and Maths. Typical duties could include; managing freight bookings using a computer system; checking orders, tax and customs documents are correct; working closely with national and international suppliers and agents and arranging freight deliveries and collections between ports, airports and warehouses.
Further job roles:
Professional qualifications are just as important in the care sector as with any other industry. If you're looking to get into specialist role, nationally recognised certifications are usually required. Your employer may be able to support you in earning your qualification to either help you get a specialist role or to move into one.
Supply Chain Manager: £25k - £60k+ Supply Chain Managers organise the movement of goods and materials from suppliers and manufacturers to customers. You will need good spoken and written communication skills, problem-solving and maths skills and good geographical knowledge. Your role could include; looking at ways to improve supply chain networks; tracking shipments and stock levels using computer software and planning the best way to get goods from suppliers to distribution centres and retailers.
Transport Planner: £22k - £50k+ A Transport Planner’s duties include simulating transport problems using computer models to work out solutions; analysing and interpreting data from transport studies; studying accident ‘black spots’ to design road safety improvements and looking at schemes to manage traffic, like congestion charging or parking controls. You will usually need a degree in civil engineering, economics, environmental science, or geography and will require project management skills and excellent communication and negotiation skills.
Freight Forwarder: £16k - £40k+ A Freight Forwarder’s daily tasks could include; arranging routes and schedules and confirming details with carriers; calculating weight, volume and cost of goods to be moved; booking cargo space with carriers and clearing goods through customs and arranging for duties or taxes to be paid. You will tend to work, Monday to Friday. You could work standard office hours, shifts, or flexible hours if you regularly deal with countries in different time zones.
Logistics: the numbers
My experience: working in logistics
I started as a terminal operative at London Gateway back in 2013 where it was my job to help transport containers around the port but I decided to take the opportunity to start my career within electrical engineering. I chose to stay at London Gateway due to their advanced automated equipment, giving myself the perfect first step into my electrical/automation career. The thing I most enjoy about my work is that, working with such a wide variety of equipment makes no two days the same.” - Daniel, London DP World
Women in Logistics
Being a woman doesn't exclude you from logistics
From humble beginnings in 2008, Women in Logistics has grown to a membership of nearly 4,000. Now, Women in Logistics became incorporated into the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK), creating a wider platform to extend our reach and continue to engage, connect and inspire the profession.