UK-based port operator Peel Ports aims to recruit 250 new staff in 2019, with a focus on talent from outside the traditional port community in an effort to expand and strengthen its wider range of logistics services.
Roles that the port operator wishes to recruit in particular are function heads, senior managers, operations experts and supply chain and business leaders.
The vacancies are across its network of ports including Clydeport, Heysham, Liverpool, Dublin, Great Yarmouth, London Medway and Manchester Ship Canal.
Mark Whitworth, chief executive of Peel Ports, said: “Our [company] is an increasingly diversified business across locations, services and commodities. That has allowed us to continue thriving despite Brexit uncertainty.”
Peel Ports has experienced a 7.2% compound growth in the last six years and the company increased turnover by 11% in 2018.
The port operator also announced a new permanent transatlantic container service by MSC and Maersk, a new rail freight service from Liverpool to the north, and continued growth with its key customers.
In 2018, Peel Ports opened a new linkspan at the Port of Heysham and in 2019 progress on the expansion of the Liverpool2 terminal has continued with other investments planned across the network.
The company increased its staff count in 2018 by over 430, of which 330 employees were transferred in from agency staff and the remaining 100 roles were due to growth.
It aims to enrol more than 100 employees onto courses relating to leadership and development, accounting and port operations as it utilises the apprenticeship levy as fully as possible to enable career development within its existing workforce.
Based on its current plans, Peel Ports reported that this could see an investment of £1m (US$1.3m) as training is rolled out across the business.