Demand for haulage drivers doubles

During May 2010, the haulage industry had its highest number of driver jobs available since 2007, with 13,299 positions advertised, compared with 11,060 in May 2007.

Compared to the same period in 2009, the number of jobs available has increased by 180%, from 4,695 in May 2009. The number of van driver vacancies also increased significantly from 3,187 in May 2009 to 5,378 in May 2010.

More demand for drivers brings optimism to the haulage industry

Mick Jackson, Chief Executive of Skills for Logistics, the company which carried out the report said: “Clearly, 2009 was a relatively bad year for the economy, but the current demand for drivers suggested reasons for optimism, at least in the short term. More demand for drivers results from the need for increased movements, suggesting the start of an economic revival.”

This is clearly goods news for everyone in the haulage industry, especially given haulage companies are having to cope with increased fuel prices and higher tax amongst others.