HGV driver shortage means new recruits can get rich by trucking

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Published on 21 Oct 2021, 10:52
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The Sun has laucnhed a new campaign to recruit tens of thousands of HGV drivers to beat the delivery crisis.

Lorry drivers are vital to keep our nation functioning but the growing recruitment shortage has seen supermarket shelves left bare, pubs run dry, McDonald’s unable to serve milkshakes, Nando’s forced to close and even the supply of school dinners under threat.

Experts estimate the nation faces a huge shortfall of 100,000 drivers caused by a “perfect storm” of veteran drivers leaving the profession, lack of new drivers training during the pandemic, some workers returning to EU countries and a backlog in driver tests.

But the good news is driver pay is up 12 per cent this year, with experienced drivers able to pocket up to £45k.

Fuel tanker drivers can take home even more — up to £60k a year.

Many firms are also offering £2k signing-on bonuses to new recruits.

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