Not everyone likes numbers. Some keep -or keep- a bad memory of their math classes at school, others are little friends with data tables… In any case, statistics are a great help when it comes to understanding an industry or a sector, such as This is the case of Spanish logistics companies. That is why we have compiled a series of data to help draw a portrait of transport in our country.
Data on Spanish logistics companies
The Spanish logistics real estate market has shown robust behavior even in a year as difficult as this one. According to data from the real estate consultancy CBRE, “The Spanish logistics sector reached a contracting of 555,000 m2 until June 2020, including Valencia, Zaragoza, Seville and Bilbao, in addition to the two logistics centers in the country, the Central Zone and Catalonia”.
In particular, the downtown area, with a contract of 222,000 m², has meant “a 38% increase compared to that registered in the same period of 2019”.
The growing e-commerce
E-commerce is one of those market niches that has even seen an increase in its activity in the times of the covid. In 2019, ABC published an article in which it estimated the volume of business between companies and individuals of 38,000 million euros in Spain. This represented an increase of 20% compared to the previous year.
The importance of logistics
When looking for data that gives us an idea about the importance of logistics with respect to total economic activity, the percentage of GDP can be one of the most illuminating. Although the data differs according to the sources, the article that we mentioned above gives a figure that generally tends to be taken for granted. With 110,000 million euros, logistics would represent no less than 8% of the national GDP.
Hiring professionals in Spanish logistics companies
With these data, logistics companies in Spain are also an important source of recruitment. In addition, this is increasingly demanding and of greater value. Proof of this is that “new professionals in the sector directly linked to the application of new technologies to logistics” are emerging. Among these positions we find titles such as specialists in inbound logistics, in outbound (distribution logistics), data management professionals (Big Data analysts, for example) and Supply Chain engineers and technicians.
Regarding the profile of workers, most companies seem to preferentially seek profiles between 3 and 5 years of experience (47% of those surveyed in this study believe so). They are followed, according to 36%, by profiles between 1 and 2 years old. Then appear, for 13% of those who have responded, the profiles without experience. Finally, only 4% point to curricula with more than five years of experience.
Foreign capital also values logistics companies in Spain. In this way, if in 2019 foreign investment in Spain reached 1,200 million euros, a year as atypical as 2020 can close with investments close to 1,000 million euros.