Logistics is the physical movement of goods by road, rail, air and sea. Multimodal logistics – the requirement to use combinations of road, rail, air and sea – means that logisticians must determine transport requirements, acquire those modes and put them to best use, considering speed, safety, sustainability and cost.

To do this, companies need skilled and talented logisticians and the opportunities in a multimodal world are huge!

opportunities in logistics

tons of freight on trains per year

people employed at Heathrow


Vehicle miles driven on roads are always on the increase and by 2040, this is set to increase by between 19% and 55% [1]. Our road network allows logisticians to move the right goods and people to the right place at the right time by planning and tracking movement of vehicles across the country.

The number of opportunities for dedicated professional drivers has been increasing – around 45,000 opportunities are currently available!

If you want to see how to be at the sharp end of logistics, check out this video from the Freight Transport Association:


Across the road and rail network, 1.7 billion tons of freight are carried each year [2] – that’s 1,700,000,000 tons, or living to 3,234 years old if each ton were a minute in your life!

There will be up to 100,000 opportunities [3] to work in the rail profession over the next 10 years, to cater for fast and exciting growth.


40% by value of goods traded with non-EU countries moves through Britain’s airports [4]. Air transport is critical in creating global trade connection.

Heathrow is Britain’s biggest airport, employing 6,500 employees directly and another 76,500 indirect employees [5] working across the airport’s operations, including shops, restaurants, construction and logistics.

This video from the Freight Transport Association explains the importance of expansion at Heathrow Airport:


Britain’s ability to trade freely depends on the speed and reliability of global connections, which are made through our ports and airports. 95% of international UK freight by weight moves through our ports [6] and maritime trade is set to double by 2030 [7].

Opportunities for subsea workers, those involved in the cutting-edge technology bringing oil and gas to our homes and businesses, are on the increase. An extra 10,000 skilled workers are required to retain the UK’s leading global status [8].

[1] Department for Transport, Road Traffic Forecasts 2015, p39
[2] Transport Statistics GB401, 2015
[3] The Cost of Not Addressing Skills in the Rail Sector, Atkins for RSSB and NSAR, October 2015
[4] HMRC, www.UKTradeInfo.com
[5] Heathrow Airport, March 2017, Heathrow pledges to create over 500 airport apprenticeships this year, http://mediacentre.heathrow.com/pressrelease/details/81/Corporate-operational-24/8352
[6] DfT maritime statistics, Eurotunnel data (from ORR) and CAA for aviation
[7] Estimates for maritime business services from: The economic impact of the UK Maritime Services Sector, Oxford Economics, 2015; estimates for marine leisure: selected sectors from UK Leisure, Superyacht and Small Commercial Marine Industry: Key Performance Indicators 2013/14 (British Marine Federation)
[8] p67, Oxford Economics, Seafarer Projections November 2016