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Wales has approximately 24,600 passenger transport employees (Labour Force Survey 2007), with the majority working in the bus and coach sub-sector, followed by the taxi and private hire sub-sector. The only operational airport in Wales is Cardiff. Priority issues for Wales involve repairs and reconstructions to roads to improve safety. The sector is key to developing the tourism sub-sector and tackling social exclusion.

Workforce statistics:

  • 84% of the workforce is male.
  • 4% of the workforce is under 25 years, 57% aged 25-50 years and 39% aged 50 years and over.
  • 3% of the workforce has a disability.
  • 56% of the workforce is in driver/operative occupations.

Employer statistics:

  • There are 1,100 passenger transport companies operating in the region, but including sole traders this rises to 9,000.
  • 98.2% of companies in the region employ between 1-10 staff.
  • 34% of companies report recruitment difficulties, 50% report generic skill gaps and 37% report technical skill gaps
  • Skills gaps are reported for Welsh language skills, foreign languages and disability awareness.
  • 29% of companies report vacancies and 13% report hard-to-fill vacancies.

Source: GoSkills Employer Skills Survey 2009 – Wales and GoSkills Wales Fact Sheet 2009

Number of passenger transport employees in Wales, 2007


Source: GoSkills Wales Fact Sheet 2009.

Data derived from the Labour Force Survey 2007.