Petrol crisis: Hundreds of lorry driver jobs being advertised with incredible salaries

HGV shortages: 'We took our eye off the ball' says Drennan

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Even trainee drivers with no experience have the possibility of earning £24,000, rapidly rising to more than £30k once they qualify. Roles currently being advertised on Indeed include HGV drivers in Bristol with Dixon Carphone (soon to be Currys), where recruits are being offered a £1,500 sign-on bonus, with a salary of £35,000 a year.

Also in Bristol, tanker drivers can rake in £55,000 a year salary plus a bonus scheme to work for Pure Clean Environmental in Bristol, a job which involves collecting waste oil from garages across the UK.

In Kent, one advert for an HGV Driver class 1 and 2 on Totaljobs is offering a salary of £50,000 per annum, while another, for HGV Class 1 Car Transporter Drivers, is advertised for between £35,000 and £55,000.

Also on Totaljobs, an HGV Class 1 Driver – Bulk Powder Tanker based in either Ashbourne or Stoke could expect to earn between £40,000 and £57,000.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will no doubt be hopeful that Britons take up the job offers, as the shortage threatens to destabilise the British economy. 

According to the Road Haulage Association (RHA), the industry’s trade body, there is currently a shortage of 100,000 drivers, which is seriously disrupting the supply chain.

The shortfall means there are not enough drivers to deliver petrol to the pumps.

The shortfall means there are not enough drivers to deliver petrol to the pumps.

RHA boss Rod McKenzie has claimed ministers have allowed driver shortages to worsen in recent months.

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He told BBC Newsnight: “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.”

The shortage of lorry drivers has also exacerbated problems in supermarkets, where some foods are in short supply as a result of a lack of carbon dioxide connected to the global gas shortage.

Carbon dioxide is required in order to stun animals prior to slaughter, and in order to keep fresh products chilled.

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Retailers have claimed there are just 10 days to save Christmas from “significant disruption”.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said disruption over the holiday period will be “inevitable” if rapid progress is not made.

Tony Danker, director general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), has welcomed the idea of relaxing the policy on overseas workers being allowed into the UK to mitigate the problem.

He told BBC Breakfast: “Hopefully it is going to happen and it is a huge relief.

“We’ve been calling for it for three months. We could see this problem coming and more problems coming, and so it’s a shame the Government needed queues at the pumps to move, but move I hope they have and it will help.”

Speaking today, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to take “emergency” action to address the shortage of lorry drivers which he likewise claimed was threatening to ruin Christmas.

Sir Keir said the Prime Minister should if necessary recall Parliament to rush through legislation to ensure the shelves remain stocked in the run-up to the festive season.

His call on the eve of the Tory Party conference in Manchester came after a Government minister said it could take another “week or so” to resolve the fuel crisis, with long queues at continuing in some parts of the country.

This followed warnings of shortages across the economy, from retailers to meat producers, unless immigration rules were relaxed to admit seasonal workers from abroad.

In a statement, Sir Keir said a scheme to issue 5,000 temporary visas to foreign lorry drivers would not be up and running “for weeks”.

He said the Government needed to take swift action if it was to prevent the problems hitting the fuel industry spreading to other sectors.

He added: “I don’t want people in this country to have another Christmas ruined by this Prime Minister’s lack of planning.”

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