Transport and Logistics

Drivers make up more than four-fifths of those working in these occupations. Those working in the transport sector are likely to be affected by the impact of Brexit in terms of the import and export of goods. Additional skills may be required in the areas of customs clearance and documentation, depending on the nature of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

In addition, technological changes and automation of processes will result in a need for enhanced digital skills across all occupations in this field.

  • Overall employment: Approximately 100,500 persons (94% male) were employed in the selected transport & logistics occupations, representing 4.4% of the national workforce.

  • Sector: 53% of overall employment was concentrated in the transport sector with industry and wholesale/retail combined accounting for a further 28%.

  • Employment growth (5-year): Between 2013 and 2018, overall employment increased by 13,700 (3.0% on average annually compared to 3.1% nationally). The strongest rate of employment growth was observed for mobile machine drivers & operatives (6.3%) during the period.

  • Age: The 25-54 age group accounted for the majority of persons employed, at 69%. The share of employees aged 55 and over was 27%, well above the national average of 17%.

  • Education: The share of persons employed in the selected transport & logistics occupations who had attained higher secondary/FET qualifications was 50%, above the national average share of 37%. One-third of persons had a lower secondary education qualification or less.

  • Full-time/part-time: Over 88% of transport & logistics workers were in full-time employment.

  • Nationality: The share of non-Irish workers was below the national average of 16%, while 86% of workers were Irish nationals.

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