RHA research has revealed that the long-predicted driver shortage is now severely affecting operators as they gear up for the Christmas peak. According to a poll of its members, both subcontractors and agency drivers are in short supply: 96.4% of respondents said they had difficulty in sourcing agency drivers, while 85% found subcontractors hard to come by. RHA chief executive Geoff Dunning told MT this is the first time the industry has been able to quantify the shortage of subbies […]
Bradford-based logistics firm Expect Distribution has closed its two-man e-retail delivery operation, following a number of “operational challenges”.
Competition for HGV drivers is pushing wages up and heaping pressure on operators, warns Meachers Global
Rising driver wages look set to exacerbate the current squeeze in labour supply, Meachers Global Logistics MD Stuart Terris has warned. Commenting on the financial performance of the firm in the year to 31 May – which notched up a 25% increase in turnover with a 67% rise in pre-tax profit – Terris pointed to the ongoing driver shortage and fuel price volatility as the two main operational headwinds facing the company. On the former, he said: “We’re on top […]
Skills for Logistics (SfL) has called on operators to make the case to government for a funding boost for apprentices to ensure a pipeline of talent for the future. Following a meeting last week between Matthew Hancock MP, minister for skills at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and SfL the door remains open but change hinges on operators demonstrating an appetite for it. Apprenticeships presently only attract full funding between the ages of 16 to 18. After […]