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Aldi increases its wages for lorry drivers amid a chronic shortage of drivers

Business / Sun 1st Aug 2021 at 04:49pm

ALDI has increased its wages for lorry drivers amid a chronic shortage of drivers across the industry reports the BBC.

The supermarket chain confirmed the rise following similar incentives by grocers to attract HGV drivers.

The lack of drivers has caused disruption and delays in various supply chains, which has led to product shortages in some industries.

Tesco has offered drivers a £1,000 joining bonus for candidates who join before 30 September.

Morrisons has said it is setting up schemes to train staff to become lorry drivers.

Aldi did not add further information on its pay rise for lorry drivers, but its careers website states wages are between £14.15 and £15.34 per hour for day shifts, and £16.98 and £18.41 per hour for night shifts.

The Times reported that Aldi is understood to have pushed through a wage rise to maintain its position as the highest payer in the industry, and to prevent its drivers from being poached by other firms.

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has estimated there is a shortage of 100,000 HGV drivers across the UK.

The industry body has said “historic” shortages in drivers have been exacerbated by changes to rules following Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic, with some 30,000 HGV driving tests not taking place last year due to restrictions.

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