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Transport & Logistics

The transport and logistics sector includes the transport of both people and goods by rail, road, water and air, and any supporting activities such as warehousing of goods and the supply and maintenance of vehicles.

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To get a sense of the size of this sector, just think of the number of people and the number of goods on the move every minute of every day throughout Ireland and beyond. Then think about the people who drive the trucks, buses and trains, fly the aircraft and sail the freight ships and work in the motor industry (Transport). Then consider the people in the background who organise, co-ordinate and timetable the swift transfer of goods from the point of origin to the destination point (Logistics).

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There is some 89,000 people employed in the transport and logistics sector. Over 50% of these (46,500) are employed in land transport. 13,800 people work in warehousing and support activities, with 17,400 in postal and courier activities. Some of these (9,700) work in air transport. In total, 26,000 jobs are supported by the aviation industry with a further 16,000 jobs in supply chain.

So, occupations in this sector are predominantly in transport, with some in the areas of storage, communications, wholesale and retail business.

Modes of transport include sea transport, road transport, rail transport and air transport. As an island nation, Ireland is more heavily dependent on sea transport than most other EU member states.

Sea transport is the motor that drives other maritime industries - it has three main aspects to it:

  • Shipping Services: Commercial activity of getting people and cargo from A to B
  • Marine Transport: Physical activity of getting people and cargo from A to B (maritime)
  • Ports & Maritime Logistics: Effective management of shipping and maritime transport activities from quay-to-quay and as part of a larger holistic supply chain management infrastructure

Sea freight is the movement of goods and merchandise for export and import - this is also a significant area of employment.

Seafaring is one of the oldest and most traditional trades remaining in Ireland today. There are approximately 2,000 Irish seafarers or sailors, of which 1,000 are serving on Irish vessels and the balance on foreign owned and flagged ships).

Other occupations in sea transport include: Harbour master, Ships captain, Deckhands, Ships mate, Marine mechanics - Aircraft pilots are also included in the occupations needed by ferry companies today. 

Most of Ireland’s imported and exported goods are still transported by sea. Sea-borne freight accounts for 90% of Ireland’s trade volume. Many of Ireland’s major exporting sectors (e.g pharmaceuticals, chemicals and food) are heavily reliant on sea transport.

Ferries continue to become more luxurious making them more attractive for people to use when travelling to Europe and Britain. Dispite this, Ferry passenger numbers on routes between the UK and Ireland declined by 5% in 2016.

Cruise travel worldwide has been growing, with larger capacity cruiseliners, more destination routes and ever increasing variety of on-board activities to match the demands of consumers.

Career and employment opportunities in sea transport are expected to gradually increase in coming years. Additional openings will also occur to replace those who retire from sector. 

See also  'Maritime, Fishing & Aquaculture Sector Profile


As an island nation at the edge of Europe, air transport is crucial to Ireland's economy. Air cargo transport is essential for getting our goods to market (Air freight), for the tourism industry and for connecting Ireland with the rest of the world. The aviation industry is also a key driver of our economic growth, contributing approximately €4.1 billion to the Irish economy annually.  The industry directly employs 26,000 people, with a further 16,000 people employed along the air transport supply chain. 

Air Freight accounts for about  1% of tonnage and 35% of the value of all freight into and out of Ireland – mainly foodstuffs (such as organic fruit and seafood products), pharmaceutical, medical devices and IT components. Most of Ireland’s international freight is carried in the hold of passenger aircraft. However, not all carriers provide a freight service, which means that there is less choice in terms of frequency and range of locations served by air freight services, than for passenger services. Dedicated air freighters are an important and growing part of the international air freight business.

Did you know that .... Ireland is responsible for half of the world's aircraft leasing!

Ireland is also an established international aviation leasing hub. Aviation Services, have seen huge growth in recent years - 40% of the world’s commercial leased aircraft is managed from Ireland, according to IDA Ireland.

14 of the 15 biggest leasing companies by fleet size have operations in Dublin, with 100bn in assets, around 22% of the global fleet of aircraft, leased from Ireland. 

Well-known commercial passenger airlines here include Aer Lingus, the largest airline operating out of Ireland; Ryanair, which is one of the largest airlines in Europe; CityJet and Aer Arann/Stodart Air. Foreign based airlines are also very important and often carry a higher proportion of business visitors and tourists than Irish ones.

Dublin Airport following the addition of Terminal 2

Ireland also has a vibrant business and general aviation sector and a well developed airport infrastructure. The State owns three airports; Dublin, Shannon and Cork. There are also several regional airports around the country (Donegal, Galway, Knock, Sligo, Waterford, Kerry and the Aran islands). 

The Irish Aviation Authority is responsible for the management of Irish controlled airspace.  Air traffic management, Safety regulation and Aviation security are its key responsibilities.

Pilots and Cabin Crew are probably the most visible employees in the sector, but did you know that 2 out of every 3 people employed in this industry actually work in a ground occupation?

Air Traffic ControllerAircraft EngineerAeronautical Inspector and Aeronautical Officer are just some of the many job roles needed to run today's commercial and charter airlines.

The sector also employs aircraft mechanicsservice technicianscargo and baggage handlersreservation and ticket agents and a wide range of clerical staff.

Passenger numbers through Dublin airport have increased in each of the last seven years, hitting 27.8 million passangers in 2017. This growth is generating significant additional employment.


Road transport includes commercial trucking and road haulage, as well as commuter transport services (Luas, urban / rural bus services, coach and taxi).

The Dublin light rail transit system known as the LUAS, is now over ten years in operation.

Public Transport - The National Transport Authority is responsible for the supply of public transport services in Ireland (Luas, Dublin Bus, Bus Eireann and Iarnród Eireann). 

Road haulage is the most common means of transporting freight in Ireland. Trucks - large, medium, and small, thousands of them - are on the move every day of the year. 

This creates a large demand for manpower in this area. HGV drivers, mechanics, warehouse workers, and others are part of the Irish truck transportation and warehousing industry. Most work is full-time employment, but good part-time jobs are also available. Wages and benefits vary by the type of transportation system and its location. Only 1% of the truck drivers in Europe are women. Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) drivers are often self-employed and contract their services to companies. 

How do you become a working member of the road haulage industry?

Transportation employers and haulage companies typically require that driver applicants be at least 18-years of age, have a good driving record, and have the ability to pass a written examination. Government and EU regulations also require most drivers of large trucks to hold a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) from their country of residence. Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) is now in place across the EU for professional bus and truck drivers.

Commuter transport includes such services as the LUAS, the bus service, motor coaches, taxis, and school buses - all require trained, safe, drivers and operators as well as mechanics, dispatchers, and other support staff, to transport adults and children in urban and rural areas.

The Dublin light rail transit system - the LUAS, is run by a private operator through the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA). Occupations with Luas include drivers, engineers, mechanics and inspectors.

Transport employers typically require driver applicants to be at least 18-years of age and have a good driving record. Government regulations may require drivers of multi-passenger vehicles to hold a Commercial Driver's Licence. Driver CPC additionally applies since 2008. While no level of education is specified, the better the persons’ basic communication and numeric skills, the more attractive they are to any potential employer. Self-employment and small businesses are also common is this area.

Rail Transport - For over 100 years railroad transportation has moved both freight and passengers across Ireland. There is only firm in the railway sector in Ireland is Iarnrod Eireann, a subsidiary of CIE, employing 3,800 people.

Rail freight is responsible for 1% of all freight goods transported in Ireland. Rail freight has been in decline - Iarnród Éireann transports around 570,000 tonnes of freight per year.

There are plans to encourage greater use of rail, as a more sustainable mode of transport. Iarnrod Eireann has an aspiration to grow the rail freight business to represent 4-5% of the total freight market. 

Goods transported by rail include raw materials such as ore and zinc, forestry products and consignments associated with the food and drink sector. The skills needed to facilitate this will, in the future, be mostly related to ICT as planning and management activities become increasingly computer-based. Greater use of the rail network and the need for efficiencies to improve intensity of use will in turn, call for greater analytical capabilities from managers and planners.

Iarnrod Eireann are investing heavily in upgrading railway lines in order to bring the rail transport network to international standard. The number expected to travel by rail is expected to rise substantially over the coming years,  from 35 million (DART and Suburban rail, 24 million) to 54 million in 2022 (DART and Suburban rail, 36 million).

Careers in Rail Operations (Train drivers and operators; railroad brake, signal, and switch operators); Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering; - are expected to slowly increase over the years ahead as the numbers using the trains expands. Support roles such as Human Resources, Finance, Marketing and I.T. are also available in the sector.

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Logistics is about organising, co-ordinating and timetabling the efficient transfer of goods from the point of origin, to their destination point. It is about the planning, implementation and control of the physical movement of products (and information) to and from each part of the supply chain.

This includes the handling and storage of raw materials, semi-finished and finished products, from point of origin to the end consumer in the most efficient and effective way possible.

There are about 89,000 people employed in this sector, with some 46,000 employed in freight transport, distribution and logistics (FTDL).

13,800 people work in warehousing and support activities in Ireland, with a further 16,000 jobs in supply chain and 17,400 in postal and courier activities.

Employment in this area is spread across transportation and storage, the retail and wholesale trade, manufacturing and construction.

Logistics is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week and supports all sectors of the economy both in terms of facilitating international trade and the movement of freight domestically.

In the past, small freight, logistics and distribution companies provided services locally and nationally. Now, large Multi National Corporations (MNCs) and several large domestic companies are key players in the sector.

Larger enterprises are more likely to employ individuals associated with support services.

Organisations may be third party logistics companies (3PLs), while others can be a mixture of logistics and warehousing (such as large domestic retail distributers); or be a combination of own account operators, hazardous goods specialists, warehousing operators, and cold chain distributers.

Other types of operations employing FTDL roles include freight forwarders, port operators, airfreight operators and rail operators.

Companies involved in Logistics include:
  • Third Party Logistics Providers (3PLs) - companies who move goods internationally generally outsource some or all of the management of their logistics services to such providers;
  • International road freight transport companies;
  • Large Irish food companies who undertake their own international logistics in order to ensure the security and consistency of their supply chain;
  • Large Retail Multiple Groups who undertake their own logistics and warehousing activities;
  • Consultancy firms which provide logistics services as a major part of their business activity;
  • Public Bodies providing a service related to ensuring efficient international trade logistics.
Change in the sector

Technology is having a major impact on the skills requirements in this sector. Logistics is moving from being cost-orientated to customer-orientated. Logisitics companies must meet higher customer requirements and add more value to their services.

The automation of warehousing activities, Radio-frequency identification (RFID), Real time location systems (RTLS) and in-cab technology, including computer assisted support of vehicle drivers. There is an increasing demand from customers for real time information on the location of their consignments.

Third party logistic providers are evolving into technology providers with their own software. Many large cargo ports operate mostly autonomously with people mainly working in planning, controlling and programming roles.

Regulatory and legal requirements are also driving change in the sector.

Greater use of data analytics throughout the supply chain affects all aspects of work. Companies now offer track and trace facilities for example.

In retail distribution there is a target of achieving 98% “on shelf availability” of products in stores (otherwise customers may choose a different brand, or shop elsewhere).

Those who work in the sector today need IT skills, even for entry level positions. These skill-sets enable skilled workers to progress to more senior positions.


Warehousing is a key area of employment in the logistics sector. The supply chain often requires the storage of goods and materials where they cannot be transported in a single trip from factory to customer.

It is common practice now for “added value” activities take place in the warehousing phase, such as branding, pricing and merchandising of stock in readiness for final delivery to the customer.

Warehouse job roles include:
  • Warehouse managers
  • Fork lift operators,
  • Order pickers, and
  • Warehouse operatives. 
Increased use of sophisticated warehouse management and stock control systems and developments such as temperature controlled warehousing for high value foodstuffs and pharmaceutical products, or specific security requirements in aviation warehouses means that there is an increasing need for skilled warehouse staff.

Getting into the Logistics Sector

The logistics sector sector offers varied and relatively well paid professional career opportunities. As companies become more logistics orientated they need to provide a better service – and for that they need skilled staff. Particular skills or qualifications may be required for specific roles:

Managerial Roles: experience and leadership are viewed by employers as the most important skills. Managerial roles are often filled by existing employees, or through business networking. Companies value candidates with a diploma in logistics.

Warehouse employers do not have as many specific requirements, but usually seek employees - labourers and hand freight, stock, and material movers - who are reliable and capable of doing physically demanding work quickly and accurately. Operational roles require peple skills and computer literacy.

Warehouse roles in demand include warehouse managers, fork lift operators, order pickers, and warehouse operatives.

Experience in warehouse handling, dangerous goods acceptance, pharmaceuticals handling, forklift truck driving and security screening (with regards to air freight) are all required in various fields.

warehouse supervisor needs detailed knowledge of operating tasks along with significant management skills. Their role is critical to the performance of the logistics and warehouse operation. 

Skills that are valued include: manual handling training; food training; experience using equipment. Specific air freight experience is highly valued.

Training is often delivered internally. Larger companies are more likely to employ staff associated with support service roles and have their own in-house training or ‘knowledge centres’. Progression and training is likely to be of a higher standard than that in smaller organisations.

In smaller companies, training is often the responsibility of a manager or supervisor and is often focused on role-specific or essential training such as Health and Safety courses.
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The Irish Motor Industry is back on track after the challenging recession years. Recovery in the industry really gathered momentum in 2016. 

SIMI, the Society for the Irish Motor Industry has predicted car sales in the sector will decline by 10% in 2018 compared to 2017.

In the first two months of 2016, 48,279 new private cars were licensed, a rise of 36.0% compared with the same period last year. Toyota (2,378) was the most popular make of new private car licensed in February, followed by Hyundai (2,216), Ford (2,185), Volkswagen (2,113) and Nissan (2,103). Together these five makes represent 51.9% of all new private cars licensed (CSO).

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Although motor manufacturing does not have a presence in Ireland, some of the biggest car brands but Irish-made components. The air ducts on the Honda CR-V, the decorative trim on the Porsche Macan, and the software running the connected car technologies on the Tesla Model S and are all produced in Ireland.  In fact, software is one of the fastest growing emerging areas within the automotive supply sector.

Vehicle alarms, transmitters, receivers for wireless telemetry applications and camera systems are also manufactured here.

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Because Ireland is an island nation, we depend on aviation for our links with the rest of the world both socially and economically. For this reason, Ireland has developed significant aviation expertise. The aviation industry here is extensive and there are significant career opportunities within it. 

There are almost 1,300 aircraft on the Irish register and the industry includes 14 air operators and 24 licenced aerodromes. It employs 40,000 people, including 9,000+ pilots, 11,000 cabin crew. The industry additionally employs 1,500 maintenance engineers and more than 450 air traffic controllers and radio officers.

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Video: Ireland - The Centre of the Global Aviation Industry - Irish Aviation Authority (IAA)

The global aviation industry is estimated to double in the next 20 years, if these forecasts hold true it will create career opportunities in both existing and emerging areas of the industry. For example, Ireland is fast becoming a centre of excellence for the drone industry - in 2015 we became the first country in the world to implement an online drone register through the IAA. The drone sector is expanding rapidly and will impact the wider economy.

Several companies are involved in the ecosystem created by the aviation sector, such as the design and fitout of aircraft interiors, seat configuration and software for in-flight entertainment systems.

The Irish aviation sector is also highly technologically advanced. An example is the world's first use of satellite-based air traffic surveillance technology will be fully operational in 2018, managed by IAA personnel at the North Atlantic Communications Centre in Co. Clare.
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