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The migrant problem that truck drivers bound for the UK are facing in Calais is nothing new and has been a problem for 15 years. With that being said there are now a combination of things that have elevated the problem to a whole new level.
Recruiters are predicting a 10% increase in driving staff demand while the sector continues to suffer a low availability of candidates.
The Chancellor’s surprise announcement in the Summer Budget to introduce a national living wage of £7.20 per hour for workers aged over 25 from next April is good news for both workers and employers.
The current driver shortage is now at a critical stage, it’s not getting any better and it’s not hard to see why. I am sure some HGV drivers will disagree but in my opinion it’s not about the wages as decent rates are currently being provided across the industry. I believe the issue is more likely linked to the way HGV drivers are perceived and treated and the poor image of the industry as a whole.
Logistics: a male dominated, old-fashioned industry based around pain-in-the-backside, slowing-us-down-on-the-way-to-work, dirty trucks. That's probably the idea of the logistics and parcels delivery industry held by most people in the UK. In terms of a career many woman would think ‘absolute nightmare’; but not me.