Driver demand is good news for Driver Hire
Figures from the recently published KPMG/REC 'Report on Jobs' show that there's a shortage of goods vehicle drivers. And that's something that is proving to be good news for Driver Hire. It's seeing a surge in demand for temporary drivers and, as a result, a continuation of the excellent start that the company has made to the year.
Year to date, Driver Hire is currently 34.5% ahead with a quarter of its offices more than 50% up on 2009/10. Out of its 94-office network, 79 are reporting better sales than last year. This impressive performance reflects figures released by 'Skills for Logistics', the freight industry's skills sector council. Comparing May 2009 to May 2010 they've seen a 180% increase in the number of job vacancies for HGV drivers and a 70% increase in the number of vacancies for van drivers.
“This is great news for anyone considering work in transport and logistics,” says Chris Chidley, Driver Hire's Chief Executive. “What's more the 'Report on Jobs' shows increasing confidence from manufacturers. The more goods UK plc produces the more need there is for drivers to transport them around the country. So if their confidence is proved correct there's going to be an even greater need for drivers.”
Driver Hire's Coventry office is one of Driver Hire's top performing offices. Owner of the local franchise is Chris Elliott. Just short of 100% up on last year, he and his colleagues were the company's 'Office of the Month' in June. “One area where we've seen a real turnaround in demand is for drivers in the construction industry. We've also found that our ability to offer 'Driver Certificate of Professional Competence' training is also helping us win new business,” said Chris, commenting on his office's excellent trading.
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