A RECENT SURVRY carried out by Returnloads.net revealed that four out of five HGV drivers would not recommend their job.
The purpose of the survey was to get the drivers’ opinion about the current shortage of HGV drivers, but contrary to general perception regarding the causes of driver shortages, those who were asked, highlighted the low wages, poor facilities and the treatment of drivers as the top three factors.
Out of the 412 drivers that responded, over a third said they were not treated well by the companies they drive for.
Almost all those surveyed felt that to attract new drivers or retain existing ones the industry needed to increase wages and improve facilities. Nearly 80 per cent felt that shifts should be shorter and more flexible.
The ONS recently published figures showing that nearly 8,000 qualified drivers with a valid driver CPC are choosing not to work as HGV drivers which points to Returnloads’ theory that the problem is not a shortage of drivers but a shortage of engaging and appealing work.