Some 400,000 extra lorry drivers are wanted to plug a shortfall throughout Europe, in keeping with consultancy Transport Intelligence.
The identical estimates counsel that Poland wants a minimum of 120,000 drivers, whereas Germany and France even have a scarcity of greater than 40,000 every.
The business estimates that the UK wants 100,000 drivers to partially alleviate provide chain pressures which have seen folks queueing at petrol stations across the nation this week.
A Sky Information evaluation means that the UK’s shortages are being made worse by one of many largest declines in lorry driver workforces throughout Europe.
Nearly 50,000 HGV drivers – one in seven – have left the street within the UK since 2016, whereas Romania has added as many drivers throughout the identical interval.
France and Germany have additionally seen a discount in HGV drivers, however the share decline has been lower than the UK.
In Poland, regardless of a rise in HGV drivers over the previous 5 years, extra are wanted.
Sarah Smith, managing director at Transport Intelligence, stated: “9 p.c extra drivers in Poland is an efficient enhance, however demand for drivers has grown way more shortly than that.
“Polish drivers undertake a variety of worldwide routes in addition to managing rising home demand. Carriers’ wants for drivers have pushed up demand from its home progress in addition to worldwide quantity progress – that is a variety of demand to maintain up with.”
The UK authorities has launched new measures to handle the scarcity, which embrace coaching new HGV drivers in free “expertise bootcamps” and native programs.
However Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has stated the business may also want to boost wages to make the job extra enticing to younger folks.
Mr Shapps stated: “We’re appearing now however the industries should additionally play their half with working situations persevering with to enhance and the deserved wage will increase persevering with to be maintained to ensure that corporations to retain new drivers.”
Round a 3rd of hauliers throughout Europe stated they provide common pay will increase to retain drivers, in keeping with a Transport Intelligence survey.
The report stated corporations acknowledged that low pay is a significant component in conserving folks out of the trucking business.
Additionally, the typical age of an HGV driver is 55, whereas lower than 1% of drivers are beneath the age of 25, in keeping with the Street Haulage Affiliation.
Rod McKenzie from the RHA stated: “We have got an ageing inhabitants of lorry drivers so we have extra lorry drivers leaving the career as a result of they wish to retire.
“We have got extra drivers leaving than becoming a member of in order each week goes by so there’s one thing new within the provide chain that is creaking and crumbling.”
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