The transportation sector is a significant part of Yorkshire's economy, employing around 16,000 people. The central location of the county and its links to the main motorway networks offer the ideal base for large distribution centres. Many companies, including B&Q, Asda, IKEA, Poundstretcher, Next, Tesco, Nestle, Morrisons and Arcadia Group, have already built major depots in this area. Yorkshire's coastal areas provide opportunities for sea transport while its three large international airports, Leeds Bradford International Airport, Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield and Humberside Airport, and countless small airfields, ensure that the transport and logistics sector is further supported. Large regional logistics firms found in the county include Archbold Logistics, Macfarlane Transport and Hoyer UK Ltd.
The strength of the transportation sector accounts for the wide range of driving jobs found in Yorkshire. From LGV and van driver positions to transport scheduler and freight forwarder roles, there are employment openings to suit all skill levels. Management positions in the transport and logistics sector are open to graduates of all subjects.
Starting salaries for LGV and van drivers and freight forwarders in Yorkshire are around £11,000 a year while those for transport schedulers are around £15,000 a year. Graduates may start on salaries of between £15,000 and £18,000 a year, rising to double this with five years of experience. Recruitment agencies are predicting the number of driving jobs in Yorkshire to increase in the coming years which means that prospects are good for those wishing to enter into the sector.