Road Transport firms across the UK and Europe are quickly heading towards a crisis. According to new research from Transport Intelligence, a leading global logistics market research organisation, there is a growing driver shortage crisis of over 150,000 unfulfilled jobs across Europe. There are already trucks parked at locations across Europe with no drivers for them, and with no change in current trends likely, the crisis is only going to continue to grow.
Each year, more and more drivers are leaving the industry due to retirement, and new drivers are not joining the industry at a rate which replaces them. Supply chains are strained, and will eventually come to gridlock unless changes can be made in an industry that has traditionally struggled to attract new talent.
A great potential career move
Truck driving is a lucrative career that can afford flexibility and multiple routes of progression. Yet, it is an industry with an ageing workforce that is in desperate need of attracting fresh talent. The industry must work hard to showcase its benefits to a younger demographic, and highlight the great career that can be achieved working in this sector.
The European Road Freight Transport Report 2018, an in depth look at the European Logistics market, shows that in just six countries – the UK, Germany, France, Denmark Sweden and Norway – the shortage of drivers adds up to nearly 130,000. This does not include over 20 other European countries, which trends would imply are experiencing the same issues making the true potential figure much larger than what has been reported so far. The report states: ‘In Germany, the DSLV transport union reports that in the next 15 years, two-thirds of drivers will retire. Germany is already facing a shortage of 45,000 truck drivers, with around 30,000 leaving the profession every year. This compares with only 2,000 people receiving truck-driving qualifications each year on average’.
The industry must work hard to showcase its benefits to a younger demographic, and highlight the great career that can be achieved working in this sector.