Liverpool is significantly short of drivers
By: Laura Nineham
08 December 2010
There is a shortage of skilled drivers in the Liverpool region, which has become so bad it's thought that the number of drivers wanted has hit the 100,000 mark.
That's according to Click Liverpool, which reports that the logistics industry is facing an all time low in the number of skilled drivers. In fact, it's so bad that the number of HGV 1 driver vacancies advertised in the past year has grown by 288 per cent.
The difficulty in hiring drivers has been blamed on the cost of acquiring a HGV licence, strict qualifications and a lack of new blood completing driver training.
"If 100 drivers knocked on our Liverpool office door today, they would receive immediate work - that's how desperate the industry is for experienced and qualified drivers," explained James Mallick who works for a recruitment agency that specialises in hiring drivers.
"With demand significantly outstripping supply, there's real concern that something has to change quickly," he added. "As a result, we're launching an ambitious drive to try and bolster the region's workforce and redress the balance."
As a response, many of those in driver recruitment are offering free driver training in a bid to attract those who are looking for work, but aren't qualified.
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