UK truck driver shortage after Brexit drag on trade
Almost a third of UK logistics companies expect to face trucker shortages this year, and a 10th say recruitment issues will pose an "extreme barrier" to the recovery of their business from the pandemic.
That's according to lobby group Logistics UK, which called on the government to provide interest-free loans or grants to train more drivers to fill trucking jobs.
It’s one of the labour shortfalls that has emerged partly because of border friction following Brexit.
Some 110 trained truck drivers claimed unemployment benefits in January, down 27% from a year ago.
Data from job search engine Adzuna show online advertisements for transport, logistics and warehouse jobs in February were 15% above the same period last year.
The report adds to evidence the Road Haulage Association delivered to UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps last week, warning that many drivers returned to their countries of origin during the pandemic due to lockdowns.
The vast majority are not expected to return due to stricter visa rules following Britain’s departure from the European Union.
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