Recruitment Dynamics in APAC’s Logistics Sector

Posted on May 20 , 2024. 
By Ben McDonald

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The APAC logistics industry is gearing up for a significant uptick in the need for skilled supply chain professionals, spurred by the region’s economic growth and a strategic shift from China to the emerging markets of Southeast Asia. Businesses that have set ambitious growth targets now find themselves in a crunch to escalate their efforts to meet these objectives, necessitating the infusion of new talent in areas like sales, business development, and supply chain management to circumvent potential inventory pile-ups.

To align with the shifting focus of business strategies towards either customer acquisition or retention, companies are recalibrating their recruitment tactics. The demand remains particularly high for professionals adept in product development across various transport modes, as they are poised to play a critical role in the future’s interconnected commerce landscape.


Core Recruitment Focuses

  • Technological Expertise: In the logistics domain, there’s a high premium on candidates skilled in automation, AI, and utilising tools such as CargoWise for shipment monitoring. Those who are up-to-date with the latest software developments will find themselves in high demand.
  • Autonomy and Initiative: The sector values individuals who can independently navigate the fast-paced environment, proactively addressing challenges without waiting for directives.
  • Flexibility and Learning: With the logistics landscape constantly evolving, professionals who are open to learning and adapting their methods to new practices are highly sought after.


Understanding Candidate Preferences

Candidates have clear preferences that influence their choice of employer:

  • Remote Work Opportunities: Despite some hesitation from businesses, the push for remote work is gaining momentum, offering employees a better balance and attracting talent to companies that offer such flexibility.
  • Commitment to Sustainability: Today’s workforce looks for roles that not only provide financial rewards but also contribute positively to environmental and social outcomes, aligning with the growing emphasis on ESG principles.
  • Organisational Culture: A workplace that fosters strong relationships, collaborative projects, and career development can significantly enhance employee engagement and retention.


Expanding Talent Search Strategies

Beyond refining their value proposition to potential employees, companies are advised to diversify their talent sourcing. Engaging with academic institutions through programs like internships and apprenticeships can introduce the logistics sector to the next generation of professionals, easing future recruitment efforts.

As the APAC logistics sector evolves, so does the necessity for a strategic approach to attracting, developing, and retaining the professionals who will drive its progress. This involves not just identifying the right skills but also aligning with the values and expectations of a changing workforce.



This article is part of an ongoing series exploring hiring trends in the APAC logistics sector. Next, we’ll dive into some insights gleaned from interviews with industry experts. Can’t wait? Download the entire series as a report here.


About the Author: 

Ben McDonald is a Co-Founder and Partner at Connexus Global. With a 20-year track record in recruitment, particularly in Supply Chain & Logistics, Ben partners with clients to secure top talent, driving their success in the Asia-Pacific region. 


About Connexus Global: 

Connexus Global is a specialised recruitment firm operating in Singapore, Bangkok, London, and Austin, focusing on the industrial, consumer markets, commodity trading, and renewable energy sectors.

Ben McDonald


Consumer & Industrial Markets


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