By Louise Loxton - Head of Department, Employer Relationships

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What about Logistics?

An exciting career choice in the UK’s fastest–growing sector

What is it?

If you don’t really know what logistics are, you are not alone! Many people think it sounds like an IT-related profession, or is “just about trucks” and leave it at that. However, logistics is a rapidly expanding sector and the possibilities for working in this field are unlimited. 

Logistics can be summed up as “Business on the Move”. If you choose a career in logistics, you could be working in warehousing, distribution (think Amazon!), transport networks, haulage, freight-forwarding, packaging or supply change management – you will find logistics in business, in production - even in the military. 

Why should you consider it? 

If you’re interested in road, rail, sea and air supply routes, traffic management, how goods are moved and delivered, how things are packaged and transported - then logistics is the industry for you. If you like solving puzzles, finding out effective ways of doing things, enjoy calculations and working with processes, you are the type of candidate that this sector is looking for. 

The logistics industry frequently recruits at entry level and promotes quickly to more senior roles, making it easy for you to gain experience and work your way up. There are logistics qualifications you can study to make yourself more attractive to recruiters, from Level 1 through to degree qualifications. 

You could be starting on £18,000 p.a. in a warehouse environment and working up to a role as a Purchasing Manager (£41,000) or Supply Chain manager (£43,000). Within 10 miles of Manchester there are currently 577 logistics jobs, 1,902 warehouse jobs, 800 in purchasing and 1,800 in the supply chain on offer.*

With the growth in e-commerce and the expansion of Manchester airport’s commercial hub, there’s never been a better time to join this exciting industry. 

You can find more information about this expanding sector on our careers in logistics page. 

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*Source Total Jobs 17/10/2019