Middle East logistics firms are still looking to recruit staff despite the doom and gloom surrounding the global recovery.
According to SNS (Supply Network Solutions), who have recently launched a recruitment division, the logistics employment sector remains positive buoyed by the need to streamline operations in order to remain competitive.
“With an awareness of the importance of the supply chain and the impact it has on the company’s performance and overall costs, more and more firms in the region are looking for experienced professionals to improve on their logistics processes,” said Mario Ghosn, general manger, SNS.
Though employment in some Middle East sectors have been affected negatively by recent market uncertainty, especially the marketing, media and communications industry, the logistics employment sector remains solid according to Ghosn.
“The current demand is mainly revolving around senior management as many companies are just setting up their supply chain department so positions like supply chain director and manager are of high interest,” he said.
“We are also seeing a demand for regional warehousing managers and demand managers,” he added.
Though education has always been of critical importance with regards to employability in more established sectors such as medicine and law, the logistics sector has often preferred experience over education.
“Definitely education is considered an important factor of decision. However, given the need for experienced people that have done this before, companies are focusing highly on expertise in the field and previous references,” said Ghosn.
Whilst the Middle East logistics employment sector appears positive, Ghosn urges caution for local job hunters.
“We believe at this stage companies are looking for foreign expertise in senior positions given that there are a limited number of local professionals.”
The general manager expects however, that there will be a future demand for local employees.
“More and more job positions are being added by companies under the supply chain department. Surely the demand for local professionals will come,” said Ghosn.