The Warehousing and Storage industry provides its clients with storage facilities for a wide variety of goods. Although a large proportion of this is general merchandise, the industry also offers specialised storage of liquids and gases, agricultural commodities and refrigerated goods. Industry revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 2.8% over the five years through 2016-17 to reach £14.2 billion. Supply chains have become increasingly complex and the industry has adapted to satisfy new consumer demands. Warehouses have developed into distribution centres, where goods can be finished, packed and held in preparation for final delivery. Many facilities also increasingly handle customer returns and waste management through reverse logistic.
- This sector is dominated by small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Only 1% of organisations employ over 250 people, while 37% of all organisations in the sector are sole traders - where the business is owned and run by one person.
- It employs 1.7 million people across 194,000 companies. Including those who work in logistics occupations in other sectors, the actual size of the sector is 2.3 million people which equates to 8% of the UK’s workforce.(Skills for Logistics)
- Some, but by no means all, roles require shift work including evenings, nights and weekends. Depending on the role, travel may be a regular feature both locally, nationally and even internationally and there are still significantly more males than females working within the sector.
- According to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) there is a big demand for younger, replacement employees due to an ageing workforce.
- Many logistics occupations are also found in other sectors such as Large (heavy) Goods Vehicle (LGV) drivers in retail or construction.
This section often goes hand in hand with the logistics allowing CBS to place the correct candidates with the knowledge of the different factory environments. From Management to FLT drivers and packers CBS pride ourselves on having a keen eye for the industry’s needs.