Businesses in the logistics and warehousing sector must adapt if they are to win the post-pandemic talent war.
The Office for National Statistics said there were 862,000 jobs on offer between April and June, 77,500 higher than the first three months of 2020.
Demand was greatest in sectors including logistics and warehousing, retailing and hospitality, something that is being exacerbated by the growing number of people having to self-isolate after being pinged.
Lorna Davidson, CEO of Redwigwam, the UK’s leading flexible working company, said the events of the last 18 months had dramatically altered the kind of work many people are looking for.
Workers are now looking for a greater mix of flexibility, higher pay, more perks and better rights.
Lorna said: “A combination of Covid-19 and Brexit means that there are fewer European Union workers available in the UK for many roles in logistics and warehousing that they would have traditionally filled.
“The logistics and warehousing industry is under huge pressure to meet consumer demand as people continue to buy from the comfort of their own homes.
“Some leading online brands which are looking to scale up their warehousing team in September to gear up for Christmas have told us to start filling many roles now because their online summer sales are going crazy. “The recruitment challenge is being further intensified because of the vast number of people being pinged and having to self-isolate.
“We are telling employers they need to adapt to ensure they have the best chance of capturing the people they need.
“Businesses also have to meet the greater expectations that workers have for their working lives after the seismic events of the last 18 months.
“They have to be willing to negotiate on everything in order to get the right staff including paying more, offering flexible work, greater perks and benefits and travel to and from work. They also have to be willing to pay a premium to people working unsociable hours.
“We were recently asked to fill a number of roles for a warehouse company in the Midlands that was struggling to find staff. We discovered that the nearest bus stop was a mile’s walk from the warehouse. We spoke to the local bus company to see if they could change the route.”
Redwigwam has its own bespoke AI-powered staffing platform to match its database of over 150,000 flexible workers with its 4,500 registered businesses.
The intuitive on-demand and pay-as-you-go platform matches workers to jobs in their local area that require the skills they have, and workers can book whichever jobs they wish.
All its workers are vetted and validated for their right to work in the UK. Redwigwam pays workers quickly and is the only business in the UK to offer payment within 24 hours.
Redwigwam works with some of the biggest blue-chip companies in the UK, including Coca-Cola, Argos, Sodexo, Land Rover, Tesco and Kellogg’s.