Transport & Logistics Labour Market Report

“The UK is facing a driver shortage of 76,000, and it's not just because of the Global Pandemic”

- Logistics UK Skills and Employment report 2020

The profile of Driving as an occupation has never been stronger with it firmly recognised among the ‘key worker’ occupations that demonstrated their extraordinary societal contribution during the worst of the COVID pandemic. Driving has shown almost unrivalled, economic resilience at a time when most of the country was forced to a standstill. Demand for skilled drivers surged throughout the pandemic and continues to offer one of the most buoyant jobs markets for jobseekers. So why does the logistics industry continue to struggle with candidate shortages? Why is driving still failing to attract new talent?

Here are some of the usual suspects that have been etched in our minds:

  • Introduction of IR35 on 6th April 2021 and resulting consolidation of wages.
  • EU nationals leaving the UK in the wake of Brexit – 15,000 drivers who were EU nationals left the UK during 2021.1
  • Poor working conditions include roadside rest areas and hygiene facilities, despite obligations under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 for businesses which make or receive deliveries to provide suitable toilet and hand washing facilities to drivers visiting their premises.
  • 96.6% reduction in practical HGV tests in 20202 during lockdown restrictions for LGV licensing resulting in a loss of 30,000 HGV driving tests3 and all the new talent those tests would have brought to the industry.
  • Younger talent entering the market is not keeping pace with the experienced, ageing driver population who are leaving the industry. Logistics UK Skills and Employment report 2020

As a staffing specialist supplying many thousands of drivers to all shapes and size of logistics companies, Blue Arrow is committed to playing its part in finding solutions that help its clients overcome talent shortages for this critical key worker occupation.

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