Frequently asked questions.

Frequently asked questions.

Common question we are asked.

Why do HGV drivers leave their jobs?

HGV drivers often leave their jobs due to several key factors that impact their satisfaction and work-life balance:

  1. Long and Unpredictable Hours: The nature of the job often requires long hours on the road, which can be unpredictable due to traffic conditions, delays at borders or delivery points, and strict delivery schedules. This can lead to a challenging work-life balance, making the job less attractive over time.
  2. Health Concerns: Spending extended periods sitting and driving can lead to various health issues, including back pain, obesity, and cardiovascular problems. The irregular hours and difficulty in maintaining a healthy lifestyle while on the road also contribute to these concerns.
  3. Low Pay Relative to Demands: Although pay rates can vary, many drivers feel that the compensation does not adequately reflect the long hours, responsibility, and stress associated with the job. This can be especially true in cases where wages have not kept pace with inflation or cost of living increases.
  4. Poor Working Conditions: Conditions such as lack of access to clean and safe rest facilities, difficulty finding healthy food options, and limited social interaction can detract from the job’s appeal.
  5. Lack of Career Advancement: Some drivers leave due to a perceived lack of career progression or training opportunities to advance within the industry.
  6. Regulatory Burdens: Compliance with strict regulations regarding driving hours, rest periods, and record-keeping can add to the stress of the job. Changes in regulations can also affect job stability and satisfaction.
  7. Retirement: A significant proportion of the driver workforce is older, and retirement is a common reason for leaving the job. This is compounded by the physical demands of the job, which can make it difficult to continue as they age.

Addressing these issues through better pay, improved working conditions, health support, and more flexible scheduling can help retain drivers and attract new ones to the industry.