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Driver Recruitment Stops Short

Driver Recruitment Stops Short

There’s been a lot of news recently about the potential shortages that will be caused by Brexit. Some predictions say delays at ports will affect supplies of fresh food, medicines and maybe most worrying, toilet paper. These headlines are only the tip of the iceberg. Shortages will impact just in time supply chains in the manufacturing sector and the availability of obscure industrial goods that most of us don’t even know exist.

Most worrying is the developing HGV driver shortage in the UK. People with the right skills to move freight from A to B are in short supply. And a driver shortage means fewer people capable of transporting the goods when finally get free of the ports.

Driving Out The Issues

The Freight Traffic Association (FTA) are predicting that around 15% of vacancies will go unfilled due to the driver shortage. Compounding the issue is an industry skills gap confirmed by a recent survey of freight and logistics businesses who operate in the UK and abroad.

One of the primary reasons for the driver shortage is the ageing profile of the workforce and potential issues related to Brexit. As FTA head of skills, Sally Gilson comments:

“An ageing workforce, competition for skilled staff, and shifting migration patterns – in part in response to Brexit – mean we are facing serious challenges in the recruitment and retention of labour for key logistics roles. After all, the average age of an HGV driver is 48 years, as found in the survey, and 13 per cent of HGV drivers working in the UK are EU nationals; their continued residency is not guaranteed post-Brexit.”

Steering To A Solution

An ongoing driver shortage could have profound impacts on the UK logistics sector and potentially the UK economy. As supply chains weaken and the consequences start to affect customers, the knock-on impacts on economic performance will soon become apparent.

To combat this, some logistics companies now understand they can no longer rely on agency drivers to fill their resource gaps. Firms like NWH Group are setting up driver training academies. They hope this will not only drive up standards but also increase awareness and interest in driving as a career.

The FTA is also championing this approach to driver shortages and has arranged a one day ‘Labour Shortages Conference’. At this event, the FTA will advise on how to increase recruitment for new driver trainees. The aim is to give logistics firms the information and guidance they need to address HGV driver shortages and to prevent long-term issues developing.

It’s hoped these moves will go some way to address the concerns and drive up the number of qualified HGV drivers.

The Best Tools For The Job

The Truckcraft team are encouraged by the moves from the FTA and NWH Group to address the HGV driver shortage. These organisations are proactively addressing what could be a problematic issue for our industry if it’s allowed to continue unchecked.

For our part, we’ll continue to make vans and trucks that are comfortable, reliable and easy to use. This means that older drivers can stay in the job longer using vehicles that make their role as stress-free as possible. And for new drivers, they can see that it’s a job that’s fun to do as long as the tools they are using are as useful as they can be.

For more information on our range of delivery trucks and vans, please contact the Truckcraft Bodies sales team on 0161 304 9404. Alternatively, email or

Published: Oct 14

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