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Recruitment concerns in UK

Employers in the British logistics industry must plan ahead to prevent a recruitment crisis, according to Skills For Logistics.

Employers in the British logistics industry must plan ahead to prevent a recruitment crisis, according to Skills For Logistics.

The UK-based organisation recently conducted a nationwide survey, which revealed that one-fifth of LGV drivers are leaving the industry each year, either as a result of ill health of retirement.

However, less than one-tenth of vacancies are being filled by staff new to the driving industry, sparking concerns about the lack of younger recruits replacing an ageing workforce.

80% of LGV driver vacancies advertised last year were filled by experienced drivers, with more than half of all vacancies being filled within a month. This high level of mobility within the industry suggests that drivers are quick to move from one employer to the next and could be causing complacency amongst employers, with only 8% claiming they had experienced difficulty in recruiting drivers with C+E licences.

In addition, women continue to make up a tiny percentage of drivers holding C+E licences, with female drivers representing only 2% of the workforce.

"We know that companies who offer continuous professional development schemes have a lower rate of staff turnover," said Ian Hetherington, Skills for Logistics chief executive, who believes diversity and training could hold the key to attracting more staff and retaining those already in the industry.

"Pay and working conditions are similar across the industry, so employers need to offer something extra to set them apart from the crowd. This could help attract more women to the industry. Just because companies are finding it easy to recruit staff at the minute they can't afford to think that will always be the case," he added.

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