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Don’t let workforce restrictions add to driver shortage challenge, urges Nova Contracting

Regardless of the EU referendum outcome, Britain cannot afford to let workforce restrictions add to the growing driver shortage challenge, Nova Contracting has warned.

Nova Contracting director, Marcus Green (pictured), commented, “Whatever the outcome of the EU Referendum on June 23, the growing shortage of temporary drivers is not going to go away and qualified commercial drivers come from across Europe as well as the UK. The transport and logistics sector does not need any deterrents for this vital workforce.

“The debate about a points-based immigration system, needs to take this into account. Recruitment agencies are facing unprecedented demand for commercial drivers to feed our increasing appetite for online shopping and home deliveries. Sector specialists, Skills for Logistics, says the UK will need an extra 150,000 drivers by 2020.

“So, whether we stay or leave, we must encourage young people to see the professional driver industry as a viable and rewarding career path, where training and investment is a worthwhile investment. The UK simply cannot afford to let any workforce restrictions contribute to further decline in the dwindling agency pool for qualified temporary drivers.”

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