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.
- 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.
- 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.