The transport industry accounts for around 5.8% of jobs in the West Midlands, including many people working as drivers for manufacturers, third-party distribution businesses, haulage firms and retailers.
Its central location and easy access to the motorway network makes the West Midlands an ideal location for warehousing and distribution operations, with Unipart, Bibby, the Co-op, Tesco and Sainsbury's among the major companies to have sizeable depots there. All of them need a variety of staff to make deliveries, including van, 7.5-tonne, LGV and HGV drivers.
Many of the staff are employed directly by the manufacturer or retailer, others work for haulage contractors and some are hired on a temporary basis via driving recruitment agencies. Salaries for this type of work in the West Midlands are around the national average, with LGV Class 1 drivers paid between £20,000 and £26,000 a year, and van drivers earning £15,000 to £21,000.
The construction sector provides jobs for 4.9% of the workforce in the West Midlands, so there are also employment opportunities for telehandler, crane and dumper truck drivers. Staff with the right licence and a Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) card can expect a salary of between £15,000 and £25,000 a year.