"We cannot deny that in an area such as logistics and transport, female quotas are still at a minimum, but we must also underline that, over the last 5 years, the situation has changed markedly" comments Orazio Stella, senior partner of Loriga & Associati, a head-hunting and HR consultancy company, but with important pasts in primary shipping agencies (Maersk Italia), forwarding agencies (Mar-Ter) and combined transport operators (Ambrogio Intermodal). “According to a survey of our company, the number of women, even in positions of great responsibility and in multinational companies, has grown by more than 30% in the last 5 years. If before, in fact, companies tended to hire a woman in defined transversal roles (such as human resources or administration), today it is much more frequent to find a candidate who responds to an ad for area manager or sales management. There is still a long way to go, but we are heading in the right direction”
The expert Stella – who has worked for several years in human resources – believes that the so limited number of professionals in the logistics sector is partly due to a deeply rooted cultural heritage that impacts on companies but also on the candidates themselves, who do not take consider a job opportunity because they find it too far from their skills, inclinations or lifestyle.
“This is not true at all: technology and innovation can make the sector more accessible. But innovation must not be limited to the digital aspect, but must go to include culture so that the women's shares in logistics and transport can constantly increase".