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.

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?

The transportation and storage industry employs 1,799,000 people, of which 128,000 are in Scotland, accounting for 4.5% of the Scottish workforce.

In Scotland, over the last five years there has been an increase in air (26.2%), rail (13.3%) and ferry (6.2%) passenger numbers. For reference, Scotland's population increased by 2% over the same period.

The future is bright for Maritime. The world's economic centre is moving eastwards with Asia's middle class forecast expected to grow by 153% by 2030 adding 2 billion additional customers. This presents the UK with a golden opportunity as we are leaving EU.

In 2019, there were an estimated 22,440 UK seafarers, there has been an overall downward trend in the number of seafarers over the past 15 years. The numbers of certified officers, cadet officers and uncertified officers all fell.

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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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