Logistics businesses should take the chance to speak out against the worsening skills shortage, according to FTA, as it calls on industry to support the call for evidence launched by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Road Freight and Logistics.

Sally Gilson, Head of Skills at FTA, the organisation representing the interests of the logistics sector, commented: “FTA is thrilled the APPG on Road Freight and Logistics has launched a call to evidence into the skills shortage. The logistics sector is already dealing with a severe shortfall – there are currently 52,000 vacancies for HGVs drivers alone – and with Brexit looming, losing access to vital EU workers will be simply catastrophic for both the logistics sector and wider economy. After all, the sector is the lifeblood of the UK economy, delivering the goods and services businesses need to operate, and contributing £121 billion to the nation’s GVA (gross value added). And while the sector is working hard to attract new homegrown talent, we are competing against many other industries also suffering skills shortages; we need more support.”

Ms Gilson added: “Our members regularly come to us with same problem: the inability to fill transport and warehousing positions. This survey presents an opportunity for businesses to have their voices heard, a chance to express their concerns and frustrations, in addition to providing a platform to share ideas and suggestions. FTA has been campaigning relentlessly over the years for the government to grasp the full nature of the skills shortage and the threat it poses: without logistics workers; the economy will come grinding to halt and British trade will suffer irrevocably.”