Millennials Eager to be Part of Supply Chain Workforce

A survey shows more millennials are starting in and staying in supply chain positions
October 19, 2017Joanne Friedrick

SupplySAN ANTONIO—Millennials are committed to working in supply chain management and being in this industry is a sought-after career option for those in the 20s and 30s, according to the research report “Millennials in the Supply Chain” published by APICS, the professional association of supply chain management.

According to a survey conducted earlier this year involving 676 respondents ages 22 to 37, millennials are focused, engaged, enthused and committed to working in the supply chain and see the industry as providing sought-after, dynamic and rewarding long-term career choices.

“The results of the report are eye-opening, especially when compared to the more senior supply chain professionals in leadership positions who were part of a previous study in 2016,” said Abe Eshkenazi, APICS CEO. “We see that more millennials started their career in supply chain, are moving around less, are highly satisfied with their jobs and see more opportunities for advancement in the field.”

The area that holds the most appeal to millennials is supply chain design and planning, a role that touches on all areas of the supply chain. The respondents also cited diversity as most important about the field, with 85 percent noting supply chain involves a diverse workforce, encompassing people of all types.

One issue yet to be resolved is the pay gap. While men and women start at roughly the same salary, the wage disparity grows as they move up the career ladder. This disparity was the chief complaint among millennials surveyed.

 

Joanne FriedrickJoanne Friedrick | Contributing Editor

Joanne Friedrick is a contributing editor for HFN with more than 20 years of retail and housewares business reporting, writing and editing. For the past 15 years she has been operating her own business with clients that include Convenience Distribution, Seafood Source and Zest, a Maine-focused consumer food and lifestyle magazine.

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