1.5 million people [1] are employed in transport and storage and increasing employment in logistics is critical in securing the future of the profession. Logistics professionals drive economic prosperity across the nation – how else does everything happen? Find out more about the accelerating and ever-evolving world of logistics and find your perfect opportunity…

HGV Driver

If you’re 18 or over and can work alone and concentrate for long periods of time, then becoming an HGV Driver might be the right career for you!

What does the job involve?

  • Supervising or helping to load and unload goods
  • Making sure loads are secure
  • Planning and keeping records of routes
  • Checking traffic reports and changing routes if necessary
  • Maintaining the vehicle whilst on the road
  • Recording hours of work and breaks taken
  • Completing delivery paperwork
  • Completing periodic training

What’s in it for me?

Average working hours are 42 hours per week, with travel across the country – even across the world! Salaries range from £22,000 to £40,000, with some specialist tanker drivers earning up to £50,000. The best way to become an HGV driver is on the job, so seek out an apprenticeship or approach companies directly.


Engineer

If you have an eye for detail and excellent practical skills, why not consider becoming an engineer?

What does the job involve?

  • Designing new equipment and machinery
  • Finding faults in existing equipment and machinery
  • Carrying out repairs and replacing damaged parts
  • Working out the estimated time for jobs
  • Carrying out regular services and safety inspections
  • Maintaining repair and service records

What’s in it for me?

For an average 40 hour week, with some weekend work, Engineers can expect to earn between £15,000 and £25,000, dependent on experience. The best way to become an Engineer is to complete an apprenticeship, spending some time in college and some in the workshop environment.


Transport Manager

If you thrive on working under pressure and communicate well in a team, being a Transport Manager could be right up your street!

What does the job involve?

  • Ensuring legal compliance with relevant legislation such as driver’s hours rules and Health and Safety law
  • Ensuring routes and delivery times are safe and legal
  • Ensuring vehicles are legally safe to go on our roads
  • Coordinating staff training
  • Working with customers and managing contracts

What’s in it for me?

A salary of between £23,000 and £40,000 is average for a 38-hour working week, which may include some weekend work. Experience in the logistics environment is key, so a number of routes are available – check out “routes into logistics to find out more!


Storage and Distribution Centre Manager

With roles available in a wide range of sectors, being a Storage and Distribution Centre Manager requires you to be a great people-manager and have a strong technological focus.

What does the job involve?

  • Supervising the receipt, storage and despatch of goods to customers
  • Supervising compliance for certain aspects, such as temperature or light levels
  • Working with an electronic warehouse management system to ensure the accurate tracking and tracing of goods
  • Taking responsibility for health and safety and security
  • Recruiting and training operative-level staff

What’s in it for me?

Storage and Distribution Centre managers often earn between £22,000 and £35,000, with more senior managers attracting upwards of £40,000 per year. There are many options to start a career in warehousing, with good routes for progression.


Freight Forwarder

If you have great organisational skills and are good at relationship management, then being a freight forwarder could be for you. A freight forwarder is an intermediary who organises the safe, efficient and cost-effective transportation of goods by road, rail, air and sea.

What does the job involve?

  • Creating and maintaining relationships between importers, exporters and other companies
  • Understanding legal and compliance issues around the transportation of goods
  • Working across time zones with worldwide companies

What’s in it for me?

Salary levels will vary, depending on the market sector, but freight forwarders can expect to earn between £20,000 and £25,000, with senior professionals often earning over £40,000. Progression routes are many and varied, depending on sectors and specialisms.


[1] ONS lists 1.5m people employed in transport and storage (August 2017)