In the report: ‘Is a Driver Shortage Looming?’ SfL conclude that:
… There do appear to be legitimate concerns within the sector that there may be a shortage of drivers in the coming years.
Looking forward, it appears that the issue of a labour shortage will be exacerbated by a number of other factors – the demographics of licence holders, new entrants and the Driver CPC.
A fifth of the current LGV workforce will reach retirement age in the next 10 years. That’s approximately 75,000 drivers and this does not include those that will have licences revoked or curtailed or even those that will leave the profession for other job opportunities outside of driving.
But the number gaining a licence is decreasing year-on-year. The data shows a 45 per cent fall in the number obtaining a LGV licence in a five year period.
This, therefore, does not come close to replacing those that are anticipated to leave the profession.
The industry must act now to ensure we have the workforce available to move the goods the nation requires.
To read the full report, visit www.skillsforlogistics.co.uk