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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.

Workforce statistics:

  • 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.

Employer statistics:

  • 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.