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Transport and logistics

The logistics sector covers a wide range of jobs, from lorry drivers to warehouse staff, delivery drivers to team leaders, and taxi drivers to postal workers. These jobs play a key part in helping Britain work by delivering people and products to where they’re needed.

Types of roles

Logistics is a really broad industry, often used to talk about the transportation, distribution or storage of goods. Within that there are a number of different areas from supply chain to vehicle manufacturing, and transport planning to traffic management, so it offers a huge range of opportunities. Here are just a few examples of the varied roles on offer:

  • HGV drivers
  • Bus, tram and coach services (including drivers)
  • Warehouse operatives (including stock pickers and fork lift truck operatives)
  • Security
  • Administration
  • Cleaners
  • Sales and marketing

Here are some companies currently recruiting for home, store and postal delivery roles. 

Benefits of working in Transport and Logistics

  • Some jobs do start at entry level wages but there is usually potential for earnings to rise significantly. Experienced large goods vehicle drivers can earn up to £35,000. For more information visit the National Careers Service website.
  • You don’t always need academic qualifications to get started in every role, but there are great opportunities to join with degrees or other studies under your belt. And there are opportunities to learn and build your career too – the increasing complexity of the logistics environment means that many managers undertake Diplomas, NVQs or Masters qualifications in order to enhance their skills and their prospects for career progression. There are many recognised qualifications in logistics for those keen to develop their career.
  • The word boredom is not in the vocabularies of most people with a career in logistics. The sheer variety of work always keeps the job interesting. In addition, many companies specializing in logistics deal with a wide variety of materials and goods and international supply chain.
  • 42% of the UK workforce are in the Logistics sector, and it is still one of the fastest growing industries – the pandemic has shown how much we rely on it. And employers invest in their staff too, with 62% of employers providing training.
  • Most of the workforce are men but the balance is changing fast, and there are around 400,000 women in logistics, spread right across the industry.
  • Some – but not all – roles require shift work including evenings, nights and weekends. But there are a wide range of working hours and patterns across the industry with over 300,000 staff working part time.
  • See our related articles below for more information on what it takes to get into this sector, and how others have made the move.
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Desirable skills

The logistics sector has job opportunities at every level, from HGV drivers to supply chain analysts. The wide range of roles available means that there is a huge variety in the skills that you can transfer over to a rewarding career in logistics, with plenty of opportunities to progress your career.

Transferable skills include:

  • Good attention to detail
  • The ability to work independently or as part of a large team
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Personal motivation
  • The ability to multi-task
  • Being able to think on your feet and excellent problem solving skills

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