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East of England

The East of England has around 62,000 passenger transport employees. The sub-sectors supporting the most jobs in the region are the bus and coach, and taxi and private hire.

Within the region, there is Stansted airport, the third busiest airport in the UK, London Luton airport and Norwich International airport. The number of passengers at Southend airport is expected to increase significantly to 2015.

Workforce statistics:

  • 76% of the workforce is male.
  • 4% of the workforce is under 25 years, 54% aged 25-50 years and 24% aged 50 years and over.
  • 6% have a Black and Minority Ethnic background.
  • 51% of the workforce is in driver/operative occupations.

Employer statistics:

  • There are 2,200 passenger transport companies operating in the region, but including sole traders this rises to nearly 22,000.
  • 98.2% of companies in the region employ between 1-10 staff.
  • 11% of companies report recruitment difficulties, 52% report generic skill gaps and 22% report technical skill gaps
  • Skills gaps are reported for foreign languages, job related IT and vehicle engineering and maintenance.
  • 17% of companies report vacancies and 9% report hard-to-fill vacancies.

Source: GoSkills East of England Factsheet 2009 and GoSkills Employer Skills Survey 2009


Number of passenger transport employees in the East of England, 2007

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Source: GoSkills East of England Factsheet 2009.

Data derived from the Labour Force Survey 2007.