The worker shortage that has blighted the UK in recent months is now spreading to the public transport industry as bus drivers switch to now higher
The worker shortage that has blighted the UK in recent months is now spreading to the public transport industry as bus drivers switch to now higher-paid lorry driving jobs. Operators have blamed road haulage bosses for poaching their drivers and warned they needed 4,000 recruits to keep the sector moving.
The Confederation of Public Transport said: “It is having an impact across the country.
“More bus drivers are quitting than we can recruit and talk of higher-paid jobs in road haulage is adding to the problem.
“Some have unquestionably been attracted to lorry driving by all this talk about wages increasing.”
Bus drivers earning an average of £32,500 per year have unsurprisingly been tempted to get more than double – up to £78,000 per year – behind the wheel of a lorry.
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There are also global supply chain issues in a number of sectors.
The crisis has lead to empty fuel forecourts and supermarket as consumers panic buy petrol and food.
Elsewhere, the hospitality industry is also suffering from a shortage of people to work, with one in six jobs in the industry currently vacant.
The shortage is forcing businesses to step up efforts to attract and keep hold of staff, with three-quarters saying they have offered better pay, according to research by accountancy firm BDO released last week.