Hundreds of jobs for those looking to become lorry drivers are up for grabs in Devon.
It comes amid increased the demand for drivers to help distribute the products in shortage.
Some jobs are paying up to £54,000 per annum along with bonuses and benefits for those who are successful.
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Those who have no experience and apply to become a trainee HGV driver could earn you £26,000 which would quickly rise to £35,000 after you become qualified.
On job application site Indeed, some of the HGV driver roles with H&R Carriers Ltd in Buckfastleigh are offering a pay of £38,500 to £42,000 gross per annum with weekly pay.
Cladco Profiles Ltd are offering HGV driver jobs in Okehampton which could pay up to £54,000 along with a quarterly bonus and an ‘excellent’ overnight allowance.
Those who are applying for a trainee role will start on a salary of £26,309 with Bako (Western) Ltd and will get £35,000 once training is complete and LGV Class 2 / C licence obtained including CPC.
Another job site, Fish4Jobs are also advertising multiple different HGV roles which include a HGV 2 Driver in Umberleigh who will be paid £11.50 per hour
Lorry driver shortage
Over the past few days, we’ve seen panic buyers unwisely fill up their tanks over fears of a fuel shortage blamed on a lack of lorry drivers.
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has said there is currently a shortage of 100,000 drivers, meaning it is having an impact on the supply chain.
Because of this, there aren’t enough drivers to transport the fuel which is why there is a surge of jobs available at the moment.
RHA boss Rod McKenzie accused ministers of allowing driver shortages to worsen in recent months.
Speaking to the BBC’s Newsnight this week, he said: “We have got a shortage of 100,000 (drivers). When you think that everything we get in Britain comes on the back of a lorry, whether it’s fuel or food or clothes or whatever it is, at some point, if there are no drivers to drive those trucks, the trucks aren’t moving and we’re not getting our stuff.”
Food supply issues
Not only is fuel being impacted from the shortage of lorry drivers, it’s also having an effect on supermarkets with some food in low supply due to a shortage of carbon dioxide linked to the global gas shortage.
The Carbon Dioxide is used for multiple things in the food sector such as keeping products fresh and chilled along with stunning animals before slaughter.
Due to the lack of hauliers, retailers were warned that there was 10 days to save Christmas from ‘significant disruption’
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said festive disruption would be “inevitable” if progress is not made swiftly.
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