The London passenger transport sector has played a significant role in influencing a shift away from the car. 34% of daily journeys in London use passenger transport. Consequently, London has the largest regional sector workforce, employing approximately 109,300. A third of all passenger transport jobs in England are in London. The largest number of employees is in the bus, coach and taxi and private hire sub-sectors.
- 80% of the workforce is male.
- 1% of the workforce is under 25 years, 74% aged 25-50 years and 25% aged 50 years and over.
- 35% have a Black and Minority Ethnic background.
- 41% of the workforce is in driver/operative occupations.
- There are 3,500 passenger transport companies operating in the region, but including sole traders this rises to 34,000.
- 97.7% of companies in the region employ between 1-10 staff.
- 16% of companies report recruitment difficulties, 44% report generic skill gaps and 22% report technical skill gaps
- Skills gaps are reported for job related IT, foreign languages and safety accident management.
- 21% of companies report vacancies and 14% report hard-to-fill vacancies.
Source: GoSkills London Factsheet 2009 and GoSkills Employer Skills Survey 2009
Number of passenger transport employees in London, 2007
Source: GoSkillsLondon Factsheet 2009.
Data derived from the Labour Force Survey 2007.