TLISC Launch 2015 E-Scan

The Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council has released their annual Environmental Scan. The E-Scan provides a detailed breakdown of information for the road, rail, air and sea industry on key workforce facts, trends and issues.

The current workforce of 820,000 is projected to see growth through all modes from now untill 2018. Logistics is the biggest grower with an estimated job growth of 5.7%. This is followed by Road Transport at 5.6%, 4.7% for Ports and Maritime, 2.4% for Aviation and 2.2% for Rail.

TLISC understand that technology and the growth in online shopping is to be the primary driver of employment growth in the coming years, and that there is a need now for a better-skilled workforce, one that can adopt to changing technology, operate smarter and more efficiently in order to meet future customer demands.

Not only is a rapidly expanding industry creating job opportunities, computerisation and automation have changed the nature of work, requiring specialised and higher-level computer skills, problem-solving and analytic skills, and more sophisticated contract management practises. TLISC argue (and SAFC wholeheartedly agrees) that a qualified workforce is needed to adapt to these challenges.

Despite being the sector with the lowest estimated growth rate the increase in freight carried by rail has led to several occupational shortages, in particular train drivers. The Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council has stated that significant investment is required over the next 2 to 3 years to attract, retain and upskill train drivers. Retention of skilled drivers can be a challenge during periods of growing demand, and without sufficient numbers rail organisations will continue to find themselves with staff shortages as they lose skilled staff to other companies and industries.

Furthermore TLISC found that 80% of employers who responded to the 2015 survey indicated positive views on all aspects of training, and also with productivity improvements following training. SAFC has long promoted the benefits of training to the transport and logistics sector, and released a recent document outlining case studies and the benefits of training to the industry. This document can be found here .

The report also estimates that the transport and logistics industry accounts for nearly 9% of national GDP, with the industry contributing $131.6 billion to the Australian economy. However this does represent an $11 billion drop from last year’s estimates.

The 2015 TLISC E-Scan can be downloaded here.