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Are You On The Right Road To Filling HGV Driver Vacancies?

Published: Monday 2nd January 2017

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One of the sectors where there is an acute skills shortage is the driving industry. Across the UK more than half a million HGV driver jobs available and also, delivery drivers are always in demand, not just in the run up to Christmas and the January sales.

If you are a recruitment agency supplying temporary or permanent staff, you’ll probably be well aware of general trends in recruitment and the numbers of driving jobs companies need to fill in their workforce planning but are you actively chasing the gaps in the market to steal a march on your competitors? Well, Zoek for Recruiters can help you with this, especially with those HGV vacancies that need filling fast.

In the specialist HGV sector, around 35,000 drivers leave the industry each year but the number of new drivers being trained is around 18,000, half the amount needed. Companies are looking overseas and bringing in foreign drivers or employing agency staff to take up the slack.

And according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the number of vans on the roads has increased by 17% in a year, with the growth in online shopping being the main cause. Between them, Amazon, the Royal Mail and Yodel are currently hiring around 50,000 drivers.

Even after next month’s Black Friday, predicted to be the UK’s first billion-pound Black Friday, and the Christmas period, logistics experts predict the £4.5 billion industry will experience ongoing demand for more delivery drivers.

As a supplying agency, you need to attract drivers with the relevant licenses and periods of experience. For example; for certain roles, the Certificate of Professional Competence qualification is required. Ensuring full compliance with the law is vital when you are supplying LGV, HGV or delivery drivers. Are your processes robust enough to guarantee this? Are you a member of the Freight Transport Association Driver Agency Accreditation Scheme?

Currently, MPs on the Transport Select Committee are looking more closely at the lack of haulage drivers, and the freight industry has welcomed the move.

As well as considering the government’s role in shaping the future of the industry, the committee will look at aspects of government policy which may deter people from joining the workforce. It will also work on the future diversity of the workforce and the quality of facilities for freight drivers.

As well as the probe by the Transport Select Committee, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) is working on a project with Jobcentre Plus to give unemployed people the experience of the haulage industry and hopefully spark an uptake in training positions.

The project, called Driving Britain’s Future, gives people two weeks’ work experience at an RHA member firm, going out with drivers and also spending time in the traffic office or warehouse to really gain an insight into the demands of a job as an HGV driver.

Whether you are a specialist driving jobs agency or a general recruiter with driving vacancies on your books, exhibiting in-depth sector knowledge will set you apart from your competitors in what is a highly competitive market for the best, most qualified drivers.

Zoek is the smart job-searching app that can connect candidates with recruiters at the click of a button. Our website’s knowledge zone has lots of information about driving jobs in the UK. If you are a recruiter why not register here to let Zoek help you achieve faster, smarter recruitment.

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