According to a report by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), more than 67,000 logistics employees are seen as less than proficient in their jobs.
The report blames a shortage in HGV drivers, resulting in more staff and younger workers struggling to keep up with new technology in the sector. It claims the proportion of logistics employers reporting a skills gap has increased since 2011, which may indicate a growing problem with the skills levels of the existing workforce.
Meanwhile, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has recently made a submission to HM Treasury calling for financial support for road haulage and logistics companies to put drivers through their HGV test and Initial Driver CPC. The RHA is hoping for a concession in this year’s Autumn Statement.