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Northern Ireland

The logistics sector in Northern Ireland employs around 30,800 people, which is 4% of the nation’s workforce. However, many logistics occupations are also found in other sectors, so the broader logistics sector is approximately 48,100, which is 6% of the nation’s workforce. The wholesale subsector employs the greatest number of people (60,000), followed by freight transport by road (6,300).

There over 5,900 logistic workplaces in Northern Ireland.

6% of workplaces have skill gaps. 38% of employers reported that machine operatives had skills gaps.

Of the workforce:

  • 73% is male
  • 5% is under 25 years and 29% is over 45 years
  • 16% is self-employed
  • 6% is part-time
  • less than 1% is from a Black Minority Ethnic group
  • 43% has a below Level 2 qualification
  • 20% has a Level 4 qualification and above

Between 2007 and 2017 in Northern Ireland, employment levels are forecast to decrease slightly with net gains less than a few hundreds. However, replacement demand is expected to be around 17,000. In total, the sector will need to fill 17,100 jobs. Managerial positions and personal service occupations will see the largest increases.

Source: Skills for Logistics Sector Skills Assessment – Northern Ireland 2010