More than half of firms struggle to fill HGV driving jobs
By: William Hobson
08 December 2010
Demand for candidates to fill driving jobs continues to rise as new figures confirm that many businesses are struggling to find the drivers wanted for HGV logistics work this Christmas.
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK (CILT UK) reports that new figures from Drivers Direct have shown that some 60% of businesses in the UK are struggling to find HGV drivers. This follows on the heels of earlier reports by Skills for Logistics (SfL) that vacancies for HGV drivers rose to 25,720 in October 2010 - more than double the figure seen in the same month in 2009, when it stood at just 11,041.
"Many in the industry have expressed concern about severe driver shortages," said Gethin Roberts, managing director of the firm.
However the shortage of candidates with HGV driver training and experience may not be entirely negative for smaller companies, such as those pursuing business franchise opportunities in logistics. Drivers Direct claims that larger companies are experiencing the greatest difficulty with driver recruitment, with drivers more attracted to opportunities at smaller firms.
According to Mike Jackson, chief executive of SfL, the surge in vacancies "obviously reflects a build up to the Christmas peak", with the demand for logistics work a "heartening signal of growth in the economy." With record spending forecast for online sales in the UK this December alongside positive forecasts for traditional bricks and mortar retailers, the logistics sector is expecting to see significant demand during the festive period.
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