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East Midlands

The East of England has around 39,900 passenger transport employees. The sub-sectors which support the most jobs in the region are the bus and coach, and taxi and private hire.

The East Midlands has a good transport network through rail, air and road. East Midlands Airport is the second largest airport in the Midlands. It has grown over the last few years and is now the UK’s largest freight only airport.

Workforce statistics:

  • 76% of the workforce is male.
  • 7% of the workforce is under 25 years, 58% aged 25-50 years and 35% aged 50 years and over.
  • 10% have a Black and Minority Ethnic background.
  • 40% of the workforce is in routine/unskilled occupations.

Employer statistics:

  • There are 1,400 passenger transport companies operating in the region, but including sole traders this rises to 15,000.
  • 98.4% of companies in the region employ between 1-10 staff.
  • 11% of companies report recruitment difficulties, 46% report generic skill gaps and 29% report technical skill gaps
  • Skills gaps are reported for foreign languages, vehicle engineering and maintenance and job-related IT.
  • 23% of companies report vacancies and 10% report hard-to-fill vacancies.

Source: GoSkills East Midlands Factsheet 2009 and GoSkills Employer Skills Survey 2009


Number of passenger transport employees in East Midlands, 2007

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Source: GoSkills East Midlands Factsheet 2009.

Data derived from the Labour Force Survey 2007.