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How a lorry driver shortage could stop you getting your Christmas presents: Recruitment companies are struggling to find truckers for distribution firms

 

  • More than half of recruitment firms feared the shortage could effect deliveries 
  • The freight and logistics sector needs 52,000 LGV drivers to fill the shortage
  • Recruiters are turning their attention to attracting young people to the industry

 

A national shortage of lorry drivers could stop families getting their Christmas presents on time, recruitment companies have warned. 

More than half of recruitment firms say they fear the shortage could affect deliveries over the festive period. 

Only a fifth of those polled predicted no impact, according to a Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) survey of 50 recruiters.

 

'The nightmare scenario for many families is no presents and crying children on Christmas Day,' Kevin Green, chief executive of the REC told The Sun

'With the current shortages of lorry drivers in the UK, the danger of empty shelves in shops and no deliveries is actually not that far away.'

 

According to the Freight Transport Association (FTA), the freight and logistics sector needs a whopping 52,000 LGV drivers across the country to fill the shortage.

With half of the workforce over the age of 50, recruiters are now turning their attention to attracting more young people to the industry. 

 

Speaking ahead of a recruitment drive in Birmingham last month, Sally Gilson, the FTA’s Head of Skills Campaigning said: 'Logistics is changing, technology is now at the forefront of the sector, and there’s a wealth of different careers paths for young people.'

Uncertainty over Brexit is also having an impact on recruitment, the REC has warned. 

'The news that more people from the EU are leaving the country and fewer are coming to the UK will be a concern for employers and should be a concern for government,' Tom Hadley, the REC's director of policy said.

'Our data shows that candidate availability has been falling for four years. Employers will find roles even harder to fill as fewer people are coming to look for work. We need warehouse workers to pack up our deliveries, drivers to transport goods, and chefs and waiters in our restaurants. 

'Employers will be hit hard at Christmas and no doubt the consumer will feel the effect as they end up paying more for products and services.' 


More than half of recruitment firms say they fear the shortage could affect deliveries over the festive period
According to the Freight Transport Association, the freight and logistics sector needs a whopping 52,000 LGV drivers across the country to fill the shortage