Demand For UK Warehouse Workers Soars by 40% — With Job Adverts in North East Doubling Since 2019

22nd March 2023

  • The number of online job adverts for warehouse workers in the North East has nearly doubled since 2019, according to the analysis of new ONS data by Indeed Flex, the online staffing platform for temporary work
  • The UK has seen 43% more job adverts for warehouse staff since the pandemic as employers struggle to fill vacancies
  • The highest demand for warehouse and procurement workers at the end of 2022 was in the South East, with nearly 7,000 positions advertised at one time
  • Indeed Flex is helping to bridge the gap in demand by connecting employers with temporary workers in the logistics sector

London, 22 March, 2023 — Demand for UK warehouse workers has risen by 43% compared with pre-pandemic levels – with the number of online job adverts for staff in the North East nearly doubling, according to the analysis of new ONS data1 by Indeed Flex, the online staffing platform for temporary work.

It’s a pattern repeated across the country, as employers in many sectors struggle to find staff. The biggest jump in demand for warehouse workers is in the North East, while Scotland saw a 60% increase in job adverts towards the end of 2022.

Increase in job adverts for warehouse workers, 2019 vs 2022

Region Number of online job adverts in December 2019 Number of online job adverts in December 2022 % change Dec 2019 to Dec 22
North East 530 1,050 98.1%
Scotland 1,205 1,930 60.2%
East Midlands 2,920 4,465 52.9%
Yorkshire and The Humber 2,065 3,110 50.6%
South East 4,580 6,875 50.1%
West Midlands 3,215 4,765 48.2%
Wales 765 1,100 43.8%
North West 3,185 4,550 42.9%
South West 2,810 3,895 38.6%
East of England 3,500 4,725 35%
Northern Ireland 345 460 33.3%
London 4,115 4,930 19.8%
UK average 2,436 3,488 43.2%

The South East had the highest overall number of job vacancies, with 6,875 positions advertised online in December 2022, an increase of 50% compared to pre-pandemic levels.

With soaring supplier costs and rising wage demands amid the cost of living crisis, logistics companies are feeling the pinch. Indeed Flex offers a way for employers to boost their numbers by using temporary staff.

Separate recent research from Indeed Flex2 found 58% of businesses will be turning to temporary workers to support their permanent teams this year. A quarter (28%) of HR professionals whose business already uses temporary workers expect to make increased use of temps during 2023.

Novo Constare, CEO and Co-founder of Indeed Flex, said: “The logistics industry is not alone in its struggle to fill positions — it’s a problem facing most sectors right now.

“During the pandemic warehouse staff were classified as essential workers and many turned to the sector to see them through furlough or support them after a job loss.

“But as life returned to normal and people went back to their previous jobs, warehouses across the country experienced a mass exodus of staff and a lot of companies haven’t recovered since.

“On top of rising costs and stretched budgets, it’s a difficult position for companies to be in. Many hiring managers have come to see temporary staff as a vital resource for them.

“Indeed Flex gives employers access to a pool of skilled temporary workers, many of whom will work regularly for the same company, plus the flexibility to dial staff numbers up or down as the business’s needs change.”