Skills shortages still an issue says Freight Transport Association

The Freight Transport Association has releases its Logistics Report 2017, sponsored by Santander UK Corporate and Commercial, that considers the challenges and key trends the logistics industry has faced during the last year and how it has responded to them.

On the subject of skills shortages, logistics employs 1.7 million people and around 2.5 million in broader occupations, accounting for 8 per cent of the workforce.

Eleven per cent of HGV drivers are non-UK nationals, of these 1 per cent are non-EU nationals.

The shortage of key skills remains an issue although there are signs that it is less acute than previously, with 32 per cent of respondents to the FTA Logistics Industry Survey indicating they were anticipating problems with general staffing in 2017, compared to the previous year’s survey where 72 per cent were anticipating staffing issues in 2016.

Average HGV driver ages continue to increase which is a cause for concern for the future; respondents to FTA surveys recognise that logistics needs to do more to appeal to young people.

Get a copy of the Logistics Report 2017 here.