Overall there are about 36,500 employers in the transport sector. 35,000 of these businesses are in road transport, 30 are in rail transport, 710 are in air transport and 760 are in water transport.
34,700 of these businesses employ less than 20 people. 160 employ more than 200 people, mainly in the road transport sector. There are 59,000 businesses that are contractors or self-employed. These are predominantly road freight operators, taxis or couriers.
378,000 people work in the transport sector – 253,000 in road, 43,000 in rail, 55,000 in air and 5,000 in water.
Apprenticeship and traineeship commencements in this industry are strong.