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Logistics employment returns to 2019 levels with around 124,000 contracts

Logistics employment returns to 2019 levels with around 124,000 contracts

Randstad, number 1 in human resources in Spain and in the world, carried out a study on the behavior of the labor market in the logistics sector. To do this, he compared the figures for the past year provided by the State Public Employment Service (SEPE).

Randstad reveals that in the last month of September, 123,926 logistics contracts were signed, a figure very similar to that recorded a year ago (123,589) and which has doubled in just five months, since the critical month of April. , which indicates a notable recovery in employment in the sector.

By studying the evolution of logistics hiring since August 2019, we see that, until the end of the year, the volume of signatures remained stable between 115,000 and 130,000 signatures per month. Already in January 2020, when around 120,000 contracts had been signed, the figure followed three consecutive months of sharp double-digit drops, until reaching a low with 57,800 companies last April, no doubt influenced by the confinement situation.

Since then, this labor market indicator has experienced three consecutive months of growth, registering a particularly notable increase in July, of 60.5%, and reaching the maximum of the year, 126,844 companies. In August, that number was reduced to almost 100,000 contracts, one of each which is usually repeated in September. Already in September, the indicator rose again, reaching 123,926 signatures, the second highest figure of this 2020.

“The logistics recruitment figures are a boost in morale”

“Far from wanting to throw the bells on the fly, the truth is that the latest logistics hiring figures are an injection of morale for the unhappy national economy in general and for the sector in particular. In the consumption habits of citizens, the commitment to e-commerce has increased exponentially, a trend that will no longer abandon us, and which generates many opportunities in the logistics sector ”, explains Valentn Bote, director of Randstad Research.

The Randstad study also took into account the characteristics of signatories of logistics contracts. This is a predominantly male sector, since 74.8% of contracts recorded last September were signed by men, while 25.2% were signed by women.

Randstad also reveals that the sector has an advanced average age: 58.4% of the signatories are professionals between 25 and 45 years old, 26.3% correspond to people over 45 years old and only 15.3% belong to the segment. the youngest, the one under 25.

The sixth largest employer sector in September

On the other hand, Randstad points out that the logistics sector was the sixth sector to generate more jobs in September. Thanks to a considerable increase in hiring of 89%, the primary sector is positioned as the first employer (with 284,336 companies), followed by manufacturing industries (198,349), hotels (169,536), commerce (156,548 ), administrative and auxiliary activities (146,792) and, finally, logistics (123,926).

Despite the notable 24.2% increase in the logistics sector, this growth is 21.8 percentage points lower than the combined growth of all sectors (45.9%), in line with increases in hiring as that of the health sector (28%), construction (26.9%) or the supply of energy and electricity (23%), all also below average.

The most significant increase occurred in the education sector, which went from almost 16,000 contracts in August to over 104,000 in September, meaning that hiring was multiplied by 6.5.

Andaluca and the Community of Madrid sign one in three contracts

The Randstad report reveals that a third of the contracts recorded in September in logistics were signed in Andalusia (23,242 companies) and in the Community of Madrid (17,095), followed, with notable volumes of more than 10,000 contracts, by the Community Valencian (16671), Catalunya (16153) and Galicia (10 091).

With more discreet figures, there are Castilla-La Mancha (9,895), Euskadi (6,856), Castilla y Len (4,612), Aragn (3,829), Canarias (3,099), the Region of Murcia (2,869), Navarra (2,526 ) and Asturias (2,263). The communities with the fewest contracts, below 2,000, are Cantabria (1,783), Extremadura (1,373), the Balearics (900) and La Rioja (458).

At the provincial level, where more contracts have been registered in the logistics sector, it is in Valence (12,870). Barcelona (12,487), Cdiz (9,405), Pontevedra (5,715) and Guadalajara (4,798) and Seville (4,369), all above 4,000 signatures.

Randstad points out that the volume of logistics hires increased in September in all the autonomous communities except the Balearic Islands where it fell by 27.9%. It should be noted that the percentages of increase fluctuate considerably given the different volumes in each region. Navarre experienced the most spectacular increase, as its hiring volume quadrupled in just one month, followed, with more moderate increases, by Castilla-La Mancha (60.4%), Castilla y Len (47, 5%), Cantabria (40.9%), Andalusia (32.7%), Region of Murcia (29.2%), all above the national average (24.2%).

On the other hand, with increases below the average for the country, the Basque Country (23.3%), Catalonia (20.8%), Asturias (14.3%), Aragn (10.9%), Valencian Community (10%), La Rioja (9.6%), the Canaries (8.2%), the Community of Madrid (7.4%) and Extremadura (3.5%). As indicated, the Balearic Islands are the only community in which these contracts fall, in particular by 27.9%.

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