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Business is booming, says freight industry recruiter

[ December 6, 2011   //   ]

Freight industry recruitment specialist Headford Consulting is moving into new offices close to its existing base at Aztec West, near Avonmouth and plans to boost its team of consultants to ten by the end of 2012.

Senior consultant Craig Headford said that two new recruitment consultants would join Headford in January and February next year, which would help Headford realise its aim of having consultants for each major industry specialism such as road freight, sea or airfreight. “We also plan to develop the parcels and courier industry as a new vertical,” he added.

Headford, which deals also exclusively in the freight industry also treats IT in the sector as a specialist area in its own right. While based near Bristol, it can organise interviews at all the major airport and seaport areas or in other industry cluster areas such as Barking through a network of serviced offices.

Craig Headford added that recruitment in the industry was currently booming, particularly in the freight forwarding segment. While major operators such as shipping lines had reduced their headcounts during the recession, “everything is going the other way now – companies are opening new offices and taking on more staff,” he commented.

In fact there was now a “massive shortage” of sales people and commercial managers – “particularly those people with the ability and confidence to set up a new commercial office, rather than walk into an existing operation.”

Headford is also planning to set up a specialist mergers and acquisition arm for the freight sector.