An appeal was recently submitted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group or APPG with regards to road freight and the logistics industry. The appeal urges the logistics sector in the United Kingdom to inform the government regarding the skills shortage that is currently challenging the nation. There are not enough workers for specialist logistics solutions that are needed to meet the demand of retailers.
According to the Freight Transport Association or FTA, Whitehall should be more proactive and it is encouraging its members to participate in the APPG survey. This is after it has expressed concerns regarding the upcoming Brexit and the continued shortage in drivers.
Sally Gibson, the head of skills, said that the logistics sector is the heart of the economy of United Kingdom as it opened up to over 2.5 million jobs in the country and it has already added £121 billion to its revenue. She added that there is no way for the United Kingdom to continue its daily operations if there is no workforce in the logistics industry including warehouse staff and HGV drivers. This will result to an end of operation to businesses and it would stop the national trading in Britain.
For the past few years, the European Union and the United States has witnessed the shortage in drivers. The figure in the United Kingdom is concerning already because as of writing the country needs 52,000 more drivers in order to meet the required numbers. This is not the worse as the number could increase once the UK leaves the EU under the no-deal Brexit policy. Once it happens, the FTA said that it is highly likely for different processes of the supply chain to be affected.
Numbers released from the FTA revealed that 13 per cent of the drivers, approximately 43,000, in the UK are EU nationals while for the warehouse staffs there are 19 per cent or equivalent to 193,000.The chain operatives that is under specialist logistics solutions have 25 per cent EU nationals employed under their wings. This is why the FTA is worried because they don’t see how they are going to employ more workers once the no-deal Brexit pushes through.