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West Midlands

The West Midlands has around 44,700 passenger transport employees, with the majority working in the bus, coach and taxi and private hire sub-sectors. Employees working in the aviation sub-sector are mainly located at Birmingham International Airport. However, since the commercial launch of Coventry airport in 2004, some employees are based in Coventry.

Workforce statistics:

  • 81% of the workforce is male.
  • 7% of the workforce is under 25 years, 58% aged 25-50 years and 35% aged 50 years and over.
  • 22% have a Black and Minority Ethnic background.
  • 52% of the workforce is in driver/operative occupations.

Employer statistics:

  • There are 1,500 passenger transport companies operating in the region, but including sole traders this rises to 20,000.
  • 98.6% of companies in the region employ between 1-10 staff.
  • 27% of companies report recruitment difficulties, 50% report generic skill gaps and 23% report technical skill gaps
  • Skills gaps are reported for job related IT skills, safety and accident management, and foreign languages.
  • 28% of companies report vacancies and 14% report hard-to-fill vacancies.

Source: GoSkills West Midlands Factsheet 2009 and GoSkills Employer Skills Survey 2009

Number of passenger transport employees in West Midlands, 2007


Source: GoSkills West Midlands Factsheet 2009.

Data derived from the Labour Force Survey 2007.