Sunday, December 11, 2011

Glass Ceiling in Transport Freight and Logistics Begins to Crack

More Women Take Top Jobs and You Can Name Your Favourites
Shipping News Feature

UK – This week the members of the Freight Logistics Industry Image Group (FLIIG), has commented on the rising number of women who occupy top jobs in the transport sector. This is also the time of year you have the opportunity to highlight your personal choice of female role models working within the industry by supporting them with a nomination in the MAN everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards.

The FLIIG has five members namely the British Association of Removers, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the Freight Transport Association, the Road Haulage Association, and the sector skills council Skills for Logistics. Spokesperson and Chairman Geoff Dossetter said this week:

“The logistics industry is an essential element in the whole of our economy and plays a vital role in the day to day way in which we live our lives, delivering the goods and services which we all rely on and enjoy. It should therefore not be surprising that the sector is leading the way in providing an attractive and rewarding career structure for women in all disciplines and at all levels from warehouse to boardroom and we welcome further recruits as the economy recovers from recession and the movement of goods increases.

“The list of political and public appointments relating to transport and logistics and held by women at present, together with the growing numbers of senior operating managers, should help to dispel the long out-of-date concept of our industry as a ‘men-only’ world.”

Currently there are several women holding public office in jobs seen by previous generations as strictly male preserves, they include: Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Transport; Theresa Villiers, Minister of State for Transport; Maria Eagle, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport; Louise Ellman, Chair, Commons Transport Select Committee; Lin Homer, Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport and Beverley Bell, Acting Senior Traffic Commissioner.

Additionally private companies are more inclined to adopt women as leaders including several very high profile names like Hilary Devey, the Chairman and CEO of Pall-Ex; Nikki King, the Managing Director of Isuzu Trucks UK; Jane Burkitt, Pepsico Supply Chain Director; Moya Greene, Chief Executive, Royal Mail Group; and Kay Phillips, CEO, GeoPost Worldwide.

According to Skills for Logistics the transport sector now employs one in eight working people and 25% of workers in the industry are female with levels rising all the time. Nominations have now opened for the MAN everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards and remain so until the 13th February 2012.

The awards are now in their fourth year and are designed to encourage more women and girls to consider a career in logistics. They are open to any woman or female-led team working in the transport and logistics industry based in the UK and suppliers may be eligible if they directly provide transport or logistic services for a business.

If you wish to nominate someone you should first read the entry criteria HERE where you will also find useful hints regarding completion of a nomination. If you then proceed you can enter via the everywoman site or by clicking HERE.

Photo: In a week when academics at the Majlis al-Ifta' al-A'ala Saudi Arabian religious council have stated women drivers would ‘provoke a surge in prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and divorce’ this young lady was plainly off message.