The logistics sector in Scotland employs around 115,000 people, which is 5% of the nation’s workforce. However, many logistics occupations are also found in other sectors, so the broader logistics sector is approximately 167,700, which is 7% of the nation’s workforce. The wholesale subsector employs the greatest number of people (46,900), followed by freight transport by road (17,300).
There over 12,400 logistic workplaces in Scotland. 81% of the workplaces in the sector employ less than 10 people and only 1% employ more than 200 people.
20% of workplaces have skill gaps. The main skills lacking are: customer handling skills (59%); planning and organising skills (57%); problem solving skills (55%); and other technical and practical skills (51%).
Of the workforce:
- 75% is male
- 8% is under 25 years and 43% is over 45 years
- 8% is self-employed
- 13% is part-time
- 1% is from a Black Minority Ethnic group
- 42% has a below Level 2 qualification
- 22% has a Level 4 qualification and above
Between 2007 and
Source: Skills for Logistics Sector Skills Assessment – Scotland 2010 and FutureSkills Scotland 2009