Transport and Distribution

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This industry is known as the ‘logistics’ industry – it manages the flow of goods and other resources, including mail and people, from one place to another.

If you like organising and planning, and want to work in a job that is necessary to the daily needs of customers and keeping business moving, then transport and distribution may be the right career for you.

The transport and storage industry is vital to the UK economy, running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days in the year. It employs some 1.6 million people.

What areas can I work in?

You can work in one of five areas.

What kind of companies can I work for?

There are a wide variety of companies to choose from including:

What’s the job market like?

Aircraft pilots, large goods vehicle (LGV) drivers, ship officers and train and tram drivers have been identified as some of the occupations that will be crucial for the UK over the next decade. Projected job openings between now and 2024 for aircraft pilots (and flight engineers) is 10,000, for LGV drivers 136,000, train and tram drivers 12,000 and van drivers 90,000.

Changes in consumer behaviour, such as the increase in online shopping, are expected to drive an increase in demand for warehousing,  postal and courier activities, and transport and distribution services.

Air passenger travel continues to increase in Scotland, with a rise of more than 1.5 million passengers in 2016, from the figure in 2015.

In the Merchant Navy, there is a continuing demand for officers and cadets.

The cruise ship industry is expanding rapidly. If you have qualifications and experience in your job, it can offer opportunities to travel and work overseas. Cruise ships often recruit seasonal staff. There is a high turnover of staff and a fairly constant demand.

Use of the internet and the development of e-commerce has affected the work of the organisations involved in moving goods and managers are increasingly expected to have good IT skills.

Facts and figures

Want to find out more?

The People1st-run website, Careers that Move, provides information and case studies on working in the transport and travel industries.


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