Frequently asked questions.

Frequently asked questions.

Common question we are asked.

Why does the UK have a shortage of lorry drivers?

The shortage of lorry drivers in the UK is influenced by a combination of factors:

  1. Brexit: The UK’s departure from the European Union led to a significant decrease in the number of EU nationals working in the UK. Many EU lorry drivers left the UK job market due to the uncertainty over residency rights, changes in immigration laws, and the end of freedom of movement between the UK and EU countries.
  2. COVID-19 Pandemic: The pandemic exacerbated the situation by delaying driving tests and training for new drivers, leading to a backlog of individuals unable to enter the profession at a time when demand was increasing.
  3. Ageing Workforce: The lorry driver workforce in the UK is ageing, with a significant proportion of drivers nearing retirement. There has been a lack of younger drivers entering the industry to replace those retiring.
  4. Working Conditions and Pay: Lorry driving is often perceived as a tough career choice due to long hours, time away from home, and relatively low pay considering the demands of the job. These factors can deter new entrants into the profession.
  5. Regulatory Issues: Changes in taxation and regulation, such as the IR35 tax reforms, have impacted the earnings and working conditions of self-employed drivers, making the profession less attractive.

Efforts to address these issues include increasing wages, improving working conditions, streamlining the qualification process, and creating more flexible working arrangements to attract a broader range of applicants to the profession.