HGV drivers in demand

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Vacancies for HGV drivers have increased by 180 per cent, according to new figures from Skills for Logistics.

UK HGV driver vacancies have risen from 4,695 in 2009 to 13,299 in 2010 and may signal recovery in the economy.

The statistics reflect increases in vacancies across the transport sector, with overall vacancies rising 130 per cent between May 2009 and May 2010.

Dr Mick Jackson, Skills for Logistics chief executive, said “Clearly 2009 was a relatively bad year for the economy, but the current demand for drivers suggests reasons for optimism, at least in the short term. More demand for drivers results from the need for increased movements, suggesting the start of an economic revival.”

Increased vacancies were also reported for logistics managers, clerks, dock workers, postal workers, and goods handling and storage occupations.

Jackson also raised reasons for concern. He said: “The logistics industry has suffered from a shortage of lorry drivers for some years… The average age of HGV drivers is 46 years, and is increasing. The industry therefore needs to work hard to attract greater numbers of younger recruits.”

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