Interested in joining the 2.3 million people working in the UK  Logistics industry? 

Types of Jobs in Logistics?

There are 3 key categories for UK Logistics all of which offer differing roles, challenges and career aspirations.

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Warehousing


A person who drives Lorries and other heavy goods vehicles (e.g., curtain-sided semi-trailers, LHVs, tankers, articulated trucks) for a living. Lorry drivers transport goods by road for national and international hauliers, freight forwarders, express couriers, and transport companies.

The work assignments carried out by Lorry drivers can vary in distance, from short to very long. It is not uncommon for a driver to cover m any miles to complete a job, crossing regions or countries in the process. Routes and schedules are planned to ensure that goods are delivered on time. Planning considers a range of variables, including traffic intensity and congestion, accidents, breakdowns, as well as the maximum allowed consecutive number of driver hours, while for international deliveries, customs checks at borders need to be factored in, too. Despite this, truck drivers will typically know what time they will be leaving on an assignment, but not what time they will be getting back.

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HGV Lorry Driving


A person who drives Lorries and other heavy goods vehicles (e.g., curtain-sided semi-trailers, LHVs, tankers, articulated trucks) for a living. Lorry drivers transport goods by road for national and international hauliers, freight forwarders, express couriers, and transport companies.

The work assignments carried out by Lorry drivers can vary in distance, from short to very long. It is not uncommon for a driver to cover m any miles to complete a job, crossing regions or countries in the process. Routes and schedules are planned to ensure that goods are delivered on time. Planning considers a range of variables, including traffic intensity and congestion, accidents, breakdowns, as well as the maximum allowed consecutive number of driver hours, while for international deliveries, customs checks at borders need to be factored in, too. Despite this, truck drivers will typically know what time they will be leaving on an assignment, but not what time they will be getting back.

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Management

Logistics/distribution managers are responsible for planning, coordinating, and monitoring logistics operations such as warehousing, inventory, transportation, and supply chain processes, reviewing budgets, processing shipments, and building delivery routes. Logistics managers typically supervise a team of warehouse staff or other logistics specialists.

Transport managers are responsible for directing, coordinating, planning, and overseeing tasks and operations within an organisation involving transportation activities , making sure vehicles are properly maintained, inspecting vehicles, Arranging repairs and routine maintenance, Ensuring that all drivers and operators have the correct, up to date qualifications, Reducing the risk of vehicle overloading, Maintaining and completing accurate records, Keeping schedules and organising team members.

They are also required to ensure the legal requirements for road haulage are met

Training & qualification routes

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Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a great way to move into a new career. They are available to all age groups, across all qualification levels from an NVQ1 to NVQ7 (masters degree).

As they are so varied, they can take anywhere from 12-months to 5 years to complete depending on the qualification level.

They allow you to work and gain experience whilst studying.

If you would like to find out more about apprenticeships please speak to your Transition Partner or visit the National Apprenticeship Website

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Vocational Training

If you want a career in driving the  HGV licence & training takes only five days.  However, the entire process, can take up to eight to ten weeks which includes a medical assessment and CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence).  Visit the Road Haulage Association for more information.

There are many more opportunities within the logistics sector including; customer service & administration, freight forwarding, environment and sustainability, leadership and management with many vocational / NVQ courses available to support these careers. 

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Degree Courses

For those interested in moving into Logistics Management, Supply Chain or Transport Management there are a number of degree courses available for both part-time and full time study.

Degree courses include Business Logistics and Transport Management, BA Hons,  Air Transport Planning & Management MSc and Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc.

Visit the Open University for information on flexible learning for this sector or speak to your Transition Partner for more information.

Career paths & opportunities

Warehouse operative

£ 17K-24K 

/ per annum
  • Apprentice warehouse operative
  • Trained warehouse operative
  • Warehouse Supervisor
  • Warehouse Manager

Logistic Drivers

£ 17K-40K

/ per annum
  • Fork lift drivers
  • HGV Lorry drivers
  • 7.5 Tonne drivers
  • Driver Trainer

Office & Management

£ 20K-50K

/ per annum
  • Shipping Planners 
  • Customer Service / Account Manager
  • Freight forwarding co-ordinator
  • Logistics / Transport Manager