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South East

There are approximately 119,500 passenger transport employees in the South East. The region is home to Gatwick and Southampton airport, plus Heathrow airport is on the regional boundary.

Workforce statistics:

  • 76% of the workforce is male.
  • 5% of the workforce is under 25 years, 60% aged 25-50 years and 35% aged 50 years and over.
  • 7% have a Black and Minority Ethnic background.
  • 57% of the workforce is in driver/operative occupations.

Employer statistics:

  • There are 2,500 passenger transport companies operating in the region, but including sole traders this rises to 30,000.
  • 98 % of companies in the region employ between 1-10 staff.
  • 16% of companies report recruitment difficulties, 43% report generic skill gaps and 31% report technical skill gaps
  • Skills gaps are reported for foreign languages, vehicle, engineering and maintenance and job related IT.
  • 22% of companies report vacancies and 9% report hard-to-fill vacancies.

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


Number of passenger transport employees in South East, 2007

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Source: GoSkills South East Factsheet 2009.

Data derived from the Labour Force Survey 2007.