Research has revealed the extent of the driver shortage in Europe.
A new report, revealed that Europe’s road transport companies are hurtling toward a driver shortage crisis of 150,000 unfilled jobs.
Published by supply chain analyst Transport Intelligence, the report found that in six countries alone (the UK, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden and Norway) the driver shortfall is 127,500.
The UK has the largest shortfall, with a shortage of 52,000 drivers. However, Germany is not far behind, with 45,000 current truck driver vacancies to fill.
According to the report: “In Germany, the DSLV transport union reports that in the next 15 years, two-thirds of drivers will retire. Germany is facing a shortage of 45,000 truck drivers, with around 30,000 leaving the profession every year. This compares with only 2,000 people receiving truck-driving qualifications each year.”
France has a shortage of 20,000 drivers. The situation is less stark in Sweden (5,000), Norway (3,000), and Denmark (2,500), but it remains a serious issue across Europe.
It is unclear what driver shortage numbers are in other countries across the continent, but it is likely that the trend will continue in most western countries.
Driver numbers have been in decline for the past 20 years. Eastern Europeans have helped to fill this gap in the labour market, but there is still a long way to go before the problem is solved.
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