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South West

In the South West, there are approximately 41,500 passenger transport employees. There are several small airports in the region as well as Bristol, together with import regional ports.

Workforce statistics:

  • 83% of the workforce is male.
  • 57% of the workforce is aged 25-50 years and 43% aged 50 years and over.
  • 2% have a Black and Minority Ethnic background.
  • 40% of the workforce is in driver/operative occupations.

Employer statistics:

  • There are 1,900 passenger transport companies operating in the region, but including sole traders this rises to 10,000.
  • 96% of companies in the region employ between 1-10 staff.
  • 22% of companies report recruitment difficulties, 40% report generic skill gaps and 27% report technical skill gaps
  • Skills gaps are reported for foreign languages, job related IT and vehicle engineering and maintenance.
  • 22% of companies report vacancies and 16% report hard-to-fill vacancies.

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


Number of passenger transport employees in South West, 2007

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Source: GoSkills South West Factsheet 2009.

Data derived from the Labour Force Survey 2007.