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Equal Opportunities

The following data are primarily from the GoSkills employer survey, so some caution is required when using this data since large employers were not always able to provide complete information on their workforce.

Gender

  • 28% of the passenger sector workforce is female.
  • There are proportionately more female employees in the South East (38%), London (37%) and North East (36%).
  • The area with the highest proportion of male employees is in Scotland (80%).

Within the sub-sectors women represent:

  • 37% of the aviation workforce, but are concentrated in roles such as air cabin crew
  • 20% in bus and coach sub-sector
  • 34% of driver trainers
  • 4% of the driving and maintenance workforce in the rail sub-sector is female, 31% of the customer service staff and 11% of the engineering workforce
  • 12% of the taxi and private hire sub-sector
  • 18% of transport planning

In the community transport sub-sector, women dominate the workforce, but there are no data on the proportion. There are no data on the gender profile of the light rail, tram and metro sub-sector workforce.

Source: GoSkills AACS LMI report 2010 and GoSkills Employer Skills Survey 2009


Age

The North East of England has the highest proportion of the passenger transport workforce aged under 25 years (27%), compared with the lowest proportion in the East Midlands where 4% of workers are under 25 years.

The South West has the highest proportion of the passenger transport workforce aged 55 years and older (30%), compared with the lowest proportion in the North East where 11% of workers are 55 years and older.

There will be significant changes in the demographics of the sector over the next 20 years resulting from the increasing average of the population and problems with an aging workforce.

Source: GoSkills Employer Skills Survey 2009


Ethnicity

  • 19% of the passenger transport workforce is from a Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) group.
  • The greatest proportion of BME employees are in the West Midlands (45%), London (34%) and the East Midlands (32%), while there are very few workers from a BME background in Northern Ireland (1%).
  • Bus companies had the highest proportion of BME workers (41%) and businesses providing air passenger transport operations on the ground had the lowest (3%).

Source: GoSkills Employer Skills Survey 2009


Disability

  • 3% of the passenger transport workforce has a disability.
  • West Midlands and Scottish Highlands and Islands are the areas with the highest proportion of disabled employees (7% of the workforce).
  • The lowest proportion of workers with a disability was in the North West, Scotland (1%) and Northern Ireland (1%).
  • By syb-sector, the proportion with a disability ranged from 7% in community transport to no employees in air passenger transport operations on the ground and in-land transport.

Source: GoSkills Employer Skills Survey 2009