The logistics sector in Wales employs around 59,300 people, which is 4% of the nation’s workforce. However, many logistics occupations are also found in other sectors, so the broader logistics sector is approximately 84,600, which is 6% of the nation’s workforce. The wholesale subsector employs the greatest number of people (23,900), followed by freight transport by road (10,000).
There 7,400 logistic workplaces in Wales. 85% of the workplaces in the sector employ less than 10 people and only 1% employ more than 200 people.
17% of workplaces have skill gaps. The main skills lacking are: customer handling skills (59%); communication skills (58%); problem solving skills (54%); and technical and practical skills (53%).
Of the workforce:
- 76% is male
- 11% is under 25 years and 41% is over 45 years
- 13% is self-employed
- 17% is part-time
- 2% is from a Black Minority Ethnic group
- 44% has a below Level 2 qualification
- 13% has a Level 4 qualification and above
Between 2007 and
Source: Skills for Logistics Sector Skills Assessment – Wales 2010