Report confirms above average growth for transport

Transport and logistics industry is growing at a rate higher than the national average, employing one in seven Australian workers

The transport and logistics industry is growing at 3.7 percent more than the average growth rate, employing one in seven Australian workers, according to a new report.

The Who Moves Australia? Workforce Participation in Australian Transport and Logistics, released by the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) combines figures from the industry and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

It sets out to determine exactly how many people in the national workforce participate in an activity to do with transport and logistics or are employed by such an entity.

It appears the industry is doing well, with the growth rate between August 2006 and August 2008 recorded at 8.7 percent, well above the national average of 5 percent.

The report concluded more than three in four participants in the industry are male, while freight accounts for 90 percent of all industry employees.

The report more than 1.2 million workers are employed throughout Australia, making up 13.9 percent of the national workforce, with New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria accounting for the majority.

Females make up 23.3 percent of all workers.

However, while making up only a quarter of the workforce, on average woman hold more qualifications, with 18.3 percent in possession of a diploma or higher degree compared with 11.7 percent of their male colleagues.

The majority of workers in the industry are relatively young, with 55.8 percent of aged 44 years old or younger, while 20.4 percent are over 55.

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