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Equal Opportunities

Gender

27% of the logistics workforce is female, compared to the UK average of 46%. Before the recession, the proportion of female workers was forecast to increase to 30% by 2014.

Employment of women across the sub-sectors has wide variations; freight transport by road employs 12%, while 31% of the workforce is female in wholesale.

The logistics sector has a historically masculine culture, linked to the heavy work entailed. Technology and the introduction of home delivery by light van have reduced the level of manual strength required.

Source: Skills for Logistics Sector Skills Assessment 2010


Age

An ageing workforce has been identified as a critical issue across the logistics sector, as represented by the age profile of the sector workforce:

  • 10% of the workforce is aged 16 -24 years
  • 49% is 25-44 years
  • 41% is 45 years and over

Freight transport by road and national post activities have a particularly low proportion of 16 - 24 year olds (6% and 8%), compared to the UK economy of 14%. Storage and warehousing has the greatest proportion of young people at 17%.

There is also a low intake of replacement labour. Numbers of young people in the sub-sector are low due to age restrictions for drivers of large vehicles and the difficulty many firms have in arranging insurance for employees under the age of 25. In addition the cost of obtaining a HGV licence may prove prohibited.

Source: Skills for Logistics Sector Skills Assessment 2010


Ethnicity

10% of the workforce is from a Black Minority Ethnic (BME) group, which is similar to the UK economy as a whole (9%). People from a BME background are also under-represented in the freight transport by road sub-sector, as only 4% of the workforce is from BME background compared to 10% of the total logistics sector.

Source: Skills for Logistics Sector Skills Assessment 2010


Disability

1% of employees are reported to have a disability. (Note: There seems to be no up-to-date data.)

Source: Skills for Logistics – Stage 1 2005