Senior Partnerships Adviser
A report released by the South Australian Freight Council (SAFC) reveals more needs to be done to encourage women to work in the Transport and Logistics industry.
The report, Gender and Equality in Transport and Logistics: Best Practice Principles provides an overview of the industry and women’s current contribution, as well as information on some of the industry’s issues and examples of best practice.
SAFC CEO Neil Murphy says the industry has a lot of work to do to change its male-dominated perception, with statistics showing the percentage of women in Transport, Postal and Warehousing in South Australia has dropped by 15% in the past five years.
While workforce surveys show that female transport and logistics employees have considerably higher education levels than male employees, along with the desire, skills and knowledge to play a key role in the industry, this is not being reflected in the number of women remaining in the industry.
“We need to move away from the ‘blokes in blue singlets’ stereotype and highlight the diverse range of job and training opportunities available in the industry,” says Mr Murphy.
The report highlights some of the tools available to make the industry more attractive to women, including job role redesign, succession planning and clearer opportunities for promotion and training.