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Logistics - a vital sector in the economy

The UK logistics sector is worth £74.45bn to the economy. One in twelve working people in the UK work in logistics - 2.3 million people spanning some 196,000 companies.

Freight logistics companies fall into two groups:

  • Those that manage their own logistics system, known as Own Account Operators
  • Those that manage it on behalf of the owners of the cargo, often referred to as Third Party Logistics Providers or Hauliers.

Over 60% of UK freight is carried out for 'Hire and Reward' on behalf of another company.


Skills requirements

A significant link between a skilled workforce and competitive performance has been found. Trained workers can be on average 23% higher in productivity, than untrained workers, and the productivity effects relative to wages can be 5 times. The industry has previously suffered from major skills shortages particularly among junior and middle managers.


Future jobs

Working Futures III projects that 843,600 additional workers will be required to work in the sector by 2017. All occupational groups will experience a positive demand in employment. Considerable demand will be seen for managers (169,200), customer service positions (132,100) as well as for transport and machine operatives (107,600).

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Mantra courses and apprenticeships

As a specialist training provider for the logistics sector, Mantra provide a broad range of training and development programmes for operatives, drivers, customer service staff and managers. These range from short courses to work based learning qualifications and apprenticeships, right up to a Foundation Degree in Logistics Management.

Contact Mantra today to see how we can help you up-skill your workforce and improve your business performance.


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