Recruiters poaching lorry drivers are offering £54 an hour at truck stops – Manchester Evening News

Lorry drivers are being stopped at truck stops by HGV recruiters offering them £2,000 golden handshakes and day rates equivalent to £100,000 a year.

The recruiters are believed to be working for agencies that supply big UK supermarkets like Tesco and Sainsburys, Hull Live reports.

These supermarkets offer the best rates.

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Naga Munchetty’s phone in show on Radio 5 Live received a call from a truck driver called Barney who revealed the recruiters new tactic.

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He said to the host: “Four days ago I was having my lunch in a well-known transport cafe near Watford and a very very well-dressed guy came in with a briefcase.

“To cut a long story short he offered me £2,000 if I would sign a two-year contract to work for his driver’s agency.

“I was taken aback a bit. £2,000 is a lot of money. The figures he was coming up with are figures I’ve not heard of before.

“He (the agent) went to other tables and I saw him leave with these other drivers, so I know they’re signing them up.”

The caller then said he was offered night shifts – five a week- paying £27 an hour.

He added that he was offered £54 an hour for Saturdays and Sundays.

This hourly rate of £54 equates to £432 for an eight hour shift, £2,160 for five days, £8,640 per month and £103,680 per year.

Companies across the country have reported a shortage of lorry drivers

Barney said the salary is ‘unheard of’ in the trucking industry and his boss is not even on that wage.

He said recruiters are looking for supermarket delivery drivers to do weekends and the money is ‘astronomical.’

Barney was not interested in the job offer as the Class One driver with 17 years loves his current job although it pays far less.

He warned people that were poached by the offers may regret their decisions and that people who take them ‘never last’.

He added: “We do need the industry to the looked at. These Johnny-come-lately figures are going to make a fortune out of it.

“My boss just doesn’t understand how they can offer that money and he doesn’t understand where that £2k signing on fee is coming from.

“It’s not sustainable and lot of drivers and going to find themselves out of work.”

James Bielby, Chief Executive of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors, said that job offers of this kind are happening across the whole industry.

He warned that the trucking crisis will lead to higher goods prices for consumers.

He told the show: “You have got agencies and logistics specialists making a lot of money out of this crisis.

“It is not sustainable, no. Because it will mean ultimately that the cost of goods is going up.”

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