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West Midlands

The West Midlands has around 242,600 employees working in freight logistics roles, in 18,600 workplaces. This equates to 10% of the regional employment and 9% of the regional workplaces.

42% of the workforce is employed within the wholesale sub-sector, 16% in storage and warehousing, 14% within freight transport by road and a further 9% in national post activities.

Occupational profile of the region’s workforce:

  • 50,700 in other goods handling and storage (such as warehouse operatives)
  • 38,100 LGV drivers
  • 18,100 van drivers
  • 17,000 post workers, mail sorter, messenger or couriers
  • 8,300 transport and distribution managers
  • 8,200 storage and warehouse managers
  • 6,400 transport and distribution clerks
  • 95,200 in other occupations

Source: West Midlands Logistics Factsheet 2009