The LGV driver shortage is a big talking point in the transport and logistics sector. But just how much foundation is there to the rumour of LGV driver shortages?
To see the truth clearly, we need to look at the numbers.
There’s currently a shortage of 50,000 qualified drivers. That’s up from 35,000 in 2016 and estimated to be increasing by 50 per day.
The age of the average LGV driver has been increasing since 2013. This shows a major lack of new, younger drivers. With the average age of an LGV driver being 48, it’s obvious the industry needs an injection of young blood as the current employees move closer and closer to retirement. This ageing workforce, if not countered soon, is predicted to lead to a driver shortage of 150,000.
Another issue in the sector is the lack of females. With 94% of drivers being male, the industry is one of the most underrepresented when it comes to the involvement of women. To counter this, M6 Toll launched the HerGV campaign. This is fronted by TV presenter, motoring journalist, and Le Mans driver Rebecca Jackson. She wants to “take on the boys, and demonstrate that women can also succeed in the haulage and transport industry.”
However, there are measures been taken to encourage more into the industry.
The weekly gross pay for LGV drivers has been steadily rising since 2013. Also, the number of drivers seeking jobseekers allowance dropped 90% from 2012 to 2016. And the number of LGV apprentices is on the rise. This has resulted in the number of LGV practical tests been taken to almost double from 2012 to 2017, raising from 46,000 to 70,000.
First For Apprenticeships is here to help the sector with our Level 2 LGV drivers apprenticeship. Designed by the LGV driving industry, we aim to boost the number of people gaining their LGV licence, helping businesses hire new starts or train existing employees as drivers.