£8,320 Average salary at age 20
£44,720 Average Salary
38 Average hours per week


Managers and directors in transport and distribution plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the activities and resources necessary for the safe, efficient and economic movement of passengers and freight by road, rail, sea and air transport.

Main Tasks

  • Plans the optimum utilisation of staff and operating equipment, and co-ordinates maintenance activities to ensure least possible disruption to services;
  • Examines traffic reports, load patterns, traffic receipts and other data and revises transport services or freight rates accordingly;
  • Directs the movement, handling and storage of freight in transit, and reviews space utilisation, staffing and distribution expenditure to determine future distribution policies;
  • Ensures that regulations regarding hours of work, the licensing of crews and transport equipment, the operational safety and efficiency of equipment, the insurance of vehicles and other statutory regulations are complied with;
  • Ensures that harbour channels and berths are maintained and liaises with ship owners, crew, customs officials, dock and harbour staff to arrange entry, berthing and servicing of ships;
  • Supervises day-to-day activities in a railway station;
  • Arranges for maintenance of airport runways and buildings, liaises with fuel and catering crews to ensure adequate supplies and resolves any complaints and problems raised by airport users.


Candidates are recruited with a variety of academic qualifications and/or with relevant experience. Entrants to management trainee schemes in logistics offered by larger companies will require GCSEs/S grades, A levels/H grades, a degree or other equivalent qualifications. Off- and on-the-job training is provided. Professional qualifications are available. Legislation of the European Union requires all transport managers to hold a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). NVQs/SVQs in a number of relevant areas including supply chain and operations management are available at Levels 2, 3, 4 and 5.

What Managers and directors in transport and distribution studied in higher education

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What Managers and directors in transport and distribution studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L4) Social policy1
(L7) Human & social geography2
(G1) Mathematics1
(W2) Design studies1
(L3) Sociology3
(C1) Biology1
(H3) Mechanical engineering1
(C8) Psychology2
(R2) German studies1
(V3) History by topic1
(H4) Aerospace engineering2
(W3) Music1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences4
(R9) Others in European languages, literature & related subjects1
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry1
(Q3) English studies1
(H5) Naval architecture1
(L2) Politics2
(K2) Building1
(H1) General engineering5
(H2) Civil engineering1
(R4) Spanish studies1
(N5) Marketing1
(M1) Law by area1
(M2) Law by topic2
(J9) Others in technology3
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport7
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences1
(F3) Physics1
(L1) Economics2
(N1) Business studies17
(X3) Academic studies in education1
(K4) Planning (urban, rural & regional)5
(N4) Accounting1
(C6) Sport & exercise science2
(P3) Media studies2
(N2) Management studies8
(V1) History by period2
(N3) Finance1

UK Prospects

91900 Workforce Size
3.42% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
10255 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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