Managers and directors in transport and distribution


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


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.


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.

Typical 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.

Common job titles

Manager, station (airlines)
Manager, despatch
Manager, garage, bus
Controller, chief (railways)
Manager, flight
Manager, station
Owner (bus service)
Director, traffic (transport)
Manager, berthing
Manager, branch (furniture removals)
Commandant (airport)
Owner (coach service)
Owner (haulage service)
Owner, service, courier
Manager (freight forwarding)
Manager (taxi service)
Manager, delivery, home
Manager, freight
Manager, operations, port
Manager, delivery, operations (railways)
Manager (courier service)
Manager (removals company)
Director, airport
Manager, production
Manager, service (transport)
Manager, site (transport)
Director, operations (transport)
Manager, traffic
Master, quay
Manager (transport)
Master, harbour
Owner (courier service)
Manager, depot
Manager, transport
Manager, operations
Manager, transport, road
Director, technical (transport)
Master, dock
Manager, divisional (transport)
Manager, fleet
Manager, area (transport)
Manager, crew (transport)
Owner, ship
Husband, ship's
Master, port
Manager, distribution
Manager, capacity, cargo
Manager, operations (haulage contractors)
Manager, operations, flight
Manager, terminal (oil distribution)
Captain, port
Owner (delivery service)
Manager (shipping and freight forwarding agency)
Manager, district (transport)
Manager, docks
Manager, service, distribution
Manager, airport
Manager, pilot
Manager, port
Manager, operations (courier service)
Manager (minicab service)
Manager, divisional (petroleum distribution)
Manager, shipping
Manager, fleet, transport
Manager, delivery, parcel
Manager, production (transport)
Master, station
Manager, operations, transport
Owner (removals company)
Manager, removals
Manager (haulage contractor)
Manager, operations (transport)
Master, berthing (port authority)
Master, pier
Manager, branch (transport)
Manager, dispatch
Manager, shift

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.