According to a report issued by the FTA (Freight Transport Association) logistics businesses are anticipating around 15% of their current HGV driver vacancies will not be filled due to the nationwide skills shortage. The 2019 Logistics Report, launched by FTA in partnership with Santander Corporate and Commercial, polled the opinions of more than 500 freight and logistics businesses operating in the UK and internationally, to provide industry insight into the latest political and economic developments.
Sally Gilson, Head of Skills Campaigns at FTA, commented:

“The nationwide shortage of skilled logistics staff continues to blight the sector. Respondents to FTA’s 2019 Logistics Report anticipate 15 per cent of current vacancies for HGV drivers will not be filled and for a further 36 per cent of current vacancies, they anticipate a long delay to find the right candidate. And it is not just HGV drivers: significant shortfalls of van drivers, warehouse staff, fitters, technicians and mechanics are also anticipated over the next 12 months.”

“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 a 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.”

Ms Gilson went on to say “To tackle the skills shortage, FTA is campaigning for unused Apprenticeship Levy funds to be utilised for more flexible training programmes and for amends to the Future Immigration White Paper, so non-UK logistics workers are welcomed in the UK, both before and after Brexit.”

A full report of this article can be found at https://fta.co.uk/media/press-releases
Tuesday 28 May 2019 FTA