COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on everything from the way we work to the way we spend our leisure time. Thankfully, some things have begun to settle down and return to a semblance of normal – but not everything.
From fast-casual restaurants to shipping ports, labor shortages still abound.
Like most industries, labor shortages at the ports are a direct result of the pandemic, including virus-related leaves, worker infection and downtime, and delays in acquiring and administering vaccines.1, 2
These dock and cargo workers are highly skilled laborers who are in high demand as, worldwide, lockdown orders have created a significant influx of goods – an influx resulting from people in isolation who are shopping and spending more than usual.
As if an incursion of goods coupled with skilled port worker shortages wasn’t enough, along came the Suez Canal blockage. This weeks-log blockage in which a cargo freighter literally logjammed the waterway darn near caused a large chunk of the world’s shipping and receiving to come to a grinding halt.3