The Workforce Logistics Needs

The logistics sector is suffering from a labour shortage, with an ageing workforce and record low unemployment, recruiting the workforce logistics needs is becoming more challenging.

The Workforce Logistics Needs


With restricted access to non-UK workers and limited funding for training, FTA are campaigning for the Apprenticeship Levy to become a Skills Levy, funding all quality vocational training and making schemes accessible for part time and self-employed to upskill.  

Automation within logistics will change workforce requirements but HGV drivers will remain core to businesses for many years yet. Bringing in a more diverse workforce will be key to logistics future success. 


Key facts

  • 2.5 million people work within logistics 

  • 33% of workforce set to retire 

  • 59,000 HGV drivers needed


What is FTA campaigning for?

FTA has four priorities for The Workforce Logistics Needs:

  • Skills Levy to replace Apprenticeship Levy, allowing all quality vocational training to be funded 

  • Future access to non-UK workers without salary or qualification restrictions 

  • Better careers provision within schools 

  • Development of suitable apprenticeships and logistics T-Level 


Policy Manager



Sally Gilson

Head of Skills and Welsh Policy



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