Lack of skilled workers: more than one in three companies in logistics suffers massively from this

According to a recent survey by the Logistics Hall of Fame in cooperation with the SCHUNCK GROUP, the ongoing shortage of skilled workers ranks second in the global risk ranking behind cybercrime. Attractive working conditions and digitalization are considered the most important measures to counteract the shortage of skilled workers.

Ismaning/Munich, February 1, 2024 - One in three companies in the logistics sector is already suffering massively from the ongoing shortage of skilled workers. This is the result of the latest Logistics Hall of Fame Trend Survey in cooperation with the SCHUNCK GROUP. Almost 35 percent of the companies surveyed stated that they had already suffered financial losses due to a lack of personnel. Around 26 percent of respondents rated the risk of suffering financial losses due to a shortage of suitable personnel as extremely high and scored nine to ten points on a scale of one to ten. 53 percent gave five, six or seven points.

When asked about the risks that currently pose the greatest threat to the logistics industry worldwide, the shortage of skilled workers (60 percent) took second place. Only cybercrime (68 percent) causes companies even more concern. Political risks, climate change, legal changes and supply chain disruptions followed in next position. Possible risk factors such as the outbreak of a pandemic or market changes, on the other hand, play a subordinate role in the risk ranking. The respondents on the panel had the option of selecting up to three risks for this question.

92 percent of those who took part in the survey named the creation of attractive working conditions as the most important means of combating the shortage of skilled workers. "It is directly in the hands of the companies to turn precisely this adjusting screw," emphasizes Thomas Wicke, Managing Director of the SCHUNCK GROUP. However, it is important to think outside the box and not just focus on good salaries. "Companies have numerous opportunities to position themselves as an attractive employer and offer more than other companies, even beyond appropriate pay. The Employee Benefits & Special Concepts Competence Center at SCHUNCK supports companies in identifying the right offers for their employees. Possible starting points are, for example, the offer of company-owned supplementary health insurance or the promotion of sports programs," he explains.

69 percent of respondents also named the promotion of employee training and personal development as a possible way of finding and retaining skilled workers. 46 percent highlighted the need to drive forward digitalization, while 38 percent also rated the development of a good employer brand as important.

The survey, in which an executive C-level panel of selected managing directors, board members and entrepreneurs from the Logistics Hall of Fame network and the SCHUNCK Group take part, is conducted several times a year on changing topics. The survey presents a current picture of the mood in the industry and does not aim to be representative.

Background Logistics Hall of Fame: The Logistics Hall of Fame honors international personalities who have rendered outstanding services to the further development of logistics and supply chain management. The goal of the Logistics Hall of Fame is to serve as a global platform for documenting the milestones of logistics and honoring its movers and shakers, thus underscoring the importance of logistics for business and society. The Logistics Hall of Fame also presents the Logistics Leader of the Year Award to current pacesetters in logistics. In addition, the Logistics Hall of Fame recognizes innovative logistics projects by humanitarian organizations with the Lynn C. Fritz Medal for Excellence in Humanitarian Logistics. The sponsor is the Fritz Institute. The non-profit initiative is supported by politics, associations, media, business and science. Dr. Volker Wissing, Federal Minister for Digital and Transport, is the patron.

Sponsors: 24/7 ASSISTANCE, AEB, Working group logistics initiatives Germany, Baumann Paletten, BLG LOGISTICS, Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport, German Road Haulage, Logistics and Waste Disposal Association (BGL), German Association for Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics (BME), Federal Association of Parcel and Express Logistics (BIEK), Federal Association of Forwarding and Logistics (DSLV), German Transport and Logistics Association (BWVL), Federal Logistics Association (BVL), Business+Logistic, COYOTE LOGISTICS, German Transport Forum (DVF), Duisburger Hafen (duisport), EPAL, Förderverein Logistics Alliance Germany, Fritz Institute (Donor), GARBE Industrial Real Estate, Gebrüder Weiss, Goldbeck, HHLA, HIAB, impact media projects, International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), International Road Transport Union (IRU), Interroll Group, Krone, Lebensmittel Zeitung, LIP Invest, Locus Robotics, LOGISTIK-Kurier, LTG – Landauer Transportgesellschaft Doll, materialfluss, METRO LOGISTICS, pfenning logistics, PSI Logistics, RIO – THE LOGISTICS FLOW, Schnellecke Logistics, SCHUNCK Group, Seifert Logistics, SETLOG, SSI Schäfer, STILL (Donor), TGW Logistics Group, trans aktuell, Automotive Industry Association (VDA), Wiltsche Fördersysteme, Winner Spedition, WISAG.

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  • AEB
  • Baumann Paletten
  • Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr
  • Bundesverband Güterkraftverkehr Logistik und Entsorgung
  • Bundesverband Materialwirtschaft, Einkauf und Logistik
  • Bundesverband Spedition und Logistik e. V. (DSLV)
  • Bundesverband Wirtschaft, Verkehr und Logistik
  • Bundesvereinigung Logistik
  • Deutsches Verkehrsforum
  • Duisburger Hafen AG
  • European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL)
  • Exotec
  • Fritz Institute
  • GARBE Industrial Real Estate
  • Gebrüder Weiss
  • German Association of the Automotive Industry
  • German Parcel and Express Association (BPEX)
  • Goldbeck
  • Häfen und Güterverkehr Köln AG
  • HIAB
  • impact media projects
  • International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations
  • International Road Transport Union
  • Interroll Group
  • Krone
  • Lebensmittel Zeitung
  • LIP Invest
  • Locus Robotics
  • LOGISTIK-Kurier
  • LTG Landauer Transport- gesellschaft Doll
  • materialfluss
  • pfenning group
  • PSI Logistics
  • RIO - The Logistics Flow
  • Schnellecke Logistics
  • Seifert Logistics Group (SLG)
  • Setlog
  • SSI Schäfer
  • STILL (Donor)
  • TGW Logistics Group
  • trans aktuell
  • Wiltsche Fördersysteme
  • Winner Spedition