Top supply chain, logistics and procurement executives are among the highest paid managers and directors in the Asia pacific region amid global shipping challenges
A new survey reveals that technology is playing a huge role in supply chain, as tech expertise in AI and robotics make the top of the list for technical skills in demand.
But do you have skills in inventory management and can you communicate effectively? This could be the answer to Australians earning a six figure salary, reaching up to half a million dollars a year.
In Bastian Consulting’s latest Salary Survey 2021, supply chain executives from
Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan and Thailand, have
revealed that Supply Chain Directors are the most paid, compared to other
management positions within the sector.
The survey revealed Supply Chain Directors are earning $230-360K AUD a year,
compared to Logistics Operations Director ($180-250K AUD) and Procurement
Director ($240-330K AUD).
Furthermore, Supply Chain Managers are taking home
$130-165K AUD per year, while Manufacturing Managers are earning $100-130K
Tech skills in high demand
Supply chain is a high-growth industry. Tony Richter, Founder of Bastian Consulting
said the salaries of supply chain executives reflect the importance of their role in
minimising the impact of global disruption during COVID-19 and beyond.
“Supply chain bottlenecks could last for another year and a half to two years.
Therefore, the need for Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers to plan,
organise, direct, control and coordinate the supply, storage and distribution of goods,
products and services, will continue to be in high demand,” Tony said.
Respondents from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan
and Thailand revealed that Inventory Management is the most sought after technical
skill (58%) when finding an employee, reflecting the shift in skillsets required this year as a result of the challenge of ongoing global supply chain disruptions.
The survey also revealed that technology is playing a huge role in supply chain, as
technology expertise in AI, IoT and robotics are also among the top technical skills in
Growth of e-commerce altering skills required
There was an overwhelming shift towards the need for soft skills in the supply chain,
with the ability to communicate effectively (40%) and collaboration with others (39%)
as key employability skills for top executives.
However, respondents said there is a lack of both technical and soft skills when
recruiting top talent.
There isn’t enough young people working in supply chain
“We’re seeing a real struggle in the market to find talent and we want to help future
proof the talent pool,” Tony said.
Bastian Consulting has recently launched its Graduate Initiative program to help
solve the supply chain and tech talent shortage across the APAC region.
“With candidate salary expectations being the biggest hurdle for over half of the executives surveyed to source talent, the industry needs to do more to invest in raising awareness of the profession as well as market the many opportunities available to young people,” Stephanie Martinez, Partner at Bastian Consulting said.
Real reason bosses want employers back in the office
As the world gradually recovers from the pandemic, employers are increasingly pushing for their staff to return to the office after years of remote work.
The driving force behind this push is the sharp decline in commercial property values, which has left many businesses concerned about their real estate investments.
Commercial property values have plunged in the wake of the pandemic, with many companies downsizing or reconsidering their office space needs.
This has put pressure on employers to reevaluate their remote work policies and encourage employees to return to the office. #featured
Businesses cash in on Black Friday sales
Black Friday, the annual shopping frenzy, has become a global phenomenon rooted in economic strategies.
Retailers deploy various tactics to lure consumers, creating a win-win scenario for both shoppers and businesses.
The concept of Black Friday traces its roots to the United States, where it marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Retailers offer significant discounts on a wide range of products to attract a massive customer influx. This strategy, known as loss leader pricing, involves selling a few products at a loss to entice customers into stores, hoping they will buy other items at regular prices.
Retailers also employ the scarcity principle by advertising limited-time offers and doorbuster deals. This sense of urgency compels consumers to make quick decisions, boosting sales.
Furthermore, online shopping has revolutionized Black Friday economics. E-commerce giants use data analytics to customize deals, targeting individual preferences. Cyber Monday, the digital counterpart to Black Friday, capitalizes on the convenience of online shopping. #featured
Australian inflation figure finally starts with a 4
Australia’s October inflation figures have surprised economists, as consumer prices rose at a slower pace than anticipated.
This slowdown was primarily attributed to a significant drop in goods prices, contributing to the nation’s subdued economic climate.
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for October indicated a modest 0.4% increase, falling short of the 0.7% forecasted by analysts. On an annual basis, inflation stood at 2.1%, below the Reserve Bank of Australia’s target range of 2-3%. This unexpected deceleration is likely to affect the country’s monetary policy decisions in the near future.
Goods prices, including essential items like fuel and food, recorded a notable decrease of 0.8%, mainly due to supply chain disruptions and global economic uncertainties. Meanwhile, services prices continued to rise, albeit at a slower rate, driven by higher wages in some sectors.
This unexpected dip in inflation raises questions about the overall health of the Australian economy and the central bank’s strategies to combat it. Policymakers now face the challenge of balancing economic growth with the need to manage inflation effectively. #ticker today #featured
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