Industry calls on Immigration Minister for skills shortage support

Logistics UK has participated in a joint letter – together with UKWA, BIFA, Chemical Business Association, Cold Chain Federation and RTITB – sent to Minister for Immigration Robert Jenrick highlighting the industry’s critical labour shortage ahead of the upcoming Shortage Occupation List review.  

The letter highlights the issues faced by the logistics industry as a result of Covid-19 and the UK’s exit from the EU – during which thousands of logistics workers returned to their home nations on a permanent basis – and calls for government support in seeking both short to medium term, and longer-term solutions.

Alexandra Herdman, Senior Policy Manager at Logistics UK, comments: “Logistics UK is urging government to add forklift drivers, HGV drivers – of which there is an estimated shortage of 60,000 drivers – and warehouse operatives to the Shortage Occupation List in relation to the Skilled Worker Visa, as well as ensuring mechanics remain on the list.

“Industry is working hard to seek longer-terms solutions to the sector-wide shortages and recruit home-grown talent with successful initiatives such as Generation Logistics. However, the correct training takes time, and as one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK’s economy, a short to medium-term labour boost is essential.”