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South East

The South East employs the largest proportion of employees across the UK. The region has over 339,300 employees working in freight logistics roles in 27,600 workplaces. This equates to 8% of the regional employment and 7% of the regional workplaces.

38% of the workforce is employed within the wholesale sub-sector, 13% in national post activities, 12% within other supporting air transport activities, and a further 8% in freight transport by road.

Occupational profile of the region’s workforce:

  • 49,000 in other goods handling and storage (such as warehouse operatives)
  • 31,500 post workers, mail sorter, messenger or couriers
  • 29,100 LGV drivers
  • 26,200 van drivers
  • 14,300 transport and distribution managers
  • 9,900 storage and warehouse managers
  • 9,700 transport and distribution clerks
  • 168,900 in other occupations

Source: South East Logistics Factsheet 2009