Food and drink industry leaders have urged ministers to introduce a short-term visa scheme to recruit overseas workers, including HGV drivers, to ease disruption in the food supply chain amid fears of empty supermarket shelves in the run-up to Christmas.
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) estimates a shortfall of 100,000 drivers, while the existing workforce is ageing fast, with around one in three drivers expected to retire within five years.
We would like to hear from new and experienced hauliers about how the situation. We’d also like to hear views from other parts of the haulage industry, including employers about how they’re coping with the staffing crisis.
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