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North West

The North West has around 81,300 passenger transport employees.

Workforce statistics:

  • 85% of the workforce is male.
  • 4% of the workforce is under 25 years, 63% aged 25-50 years and 33% aged 50 years and over.
  • 2% have a Black and Minority Ethnic background.
  • 58% of the workforce is in driver/operative occupations.

Employer statistics:

  • There are 2,250 passenger transport companies operating in the region, but including sole traders this rises to 29,000.
  • 98.5% of companies in the region employ between 1-10 staff.
  • 25% of companies report recruitment difficulties, 61% report generic skill gaps and 30% report technical skill gaps
  • Skills gaps are reported for foreign languages, disability awareness and vehicle, engineering and maintenance.
  • 20% of companies report vacancies and 15% report hard-to-fill vacancies.

Source: GoSkills North West Factsheet 2009 and GoSkills Employer Skills Survey 2009


Number of passenger transport employees in North West, 2007

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Source: GoSkills North West Factsheet 2009.

Data derived from the Labour Force Survey 2007.