Tesco is set to offer a £1,000 starting bonus to lorry drivers as a shortage of HGV workers continues to blight the retail industry, leading to stock and fuel shortages across UK supermarkets.
The BBC has reported that the signing on perk will be offered to any lorry drivers who join the supermarket before September 30.
The decision comes amid figures from the Road Haulage Association which estimated a shortage of around 100,000 HGV drivers in the UK.
The industry body said approximately 30,000 HGV driving tests did not take place last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, and added an "historic" shortage in drivers was added to by changes to rules due to Brexit.
The recent surge in self-isolations as a result of the NHS app “pingdemic” has also led to shortages.
Tesco’s big incentives for new drivers sees the retail giant join competitors such as Morrisons in the race to sign up new drivers, with the latter recently launching a scheme to train staff to become lorry drivers, as reported by the BBC.
Separately, they also reported that a driver shortage had caused temporary fuel supply issues at some of BP's petrol stations.
The oil firm said shortages of unleaded petrol and diesel had seen a "handful" of its UK sites close temporarily.
Major firms hit by shortages
The news of these lorry driver woes dovetails with wider gaps in the industry.
In fact, an alleged lorry driver shortage could become a concerning prospect for sweet-toothed Brits after the confectionary manufacturer Haribo told shops that it was struggling to deliver enough bags of sweets.
Reports from the Guardian earlier in July suggested that Jelly Babies, Gummy Bears and Mini-Fried Eggs could all be impacted, as the German organisation said it was struggling to get its products to consumers in the UK.
And a recent This Is Money article highlighted that logistics, food and drink and hospitality are the industries that are apparently hardest hit by skills shortages.
Additional research from the trade industry body UK Hospitality found that there is an estimated shortfall of circa 188,000 workers – meaning that employers are exploring new tactics to attract talent to the sector.
Incentives & plugging staff shortages
To help plug staffing shortages, other employers have also deployed initiatives.
In fact, it was previously reported that the British steakhouse Hawksmoor was offering bonuses of up to £2,000 to workers who recommend friends for jobs within the organisation.
HR Grapevine previously reported that, in an effort to “turbo-charge” its hiring efforts, each person recommended and who is hired after passing a one-month trial will receive a bonus.
This will be £200 for a first friend, £300 for a second and up to £2,000 for five friends.