Number of temporary delivery drivers fall over 25% as restrictions ease

Temporary delivery driver numbers have fallen by over a quarter as thousands return to their pre-pandemic jobs in retail and hospitality, according to data from Indeed Flex.

Figures show that the number of temporary delivery drivers available for work in June was down 28.8 per cent compared to March numbers as restrictions ease and sectors re-open.

However the easing of Covid restrictions also meant that the number of delivery shifts that have needed to be filled climbed by 15.6 per cent.

The data comes as the Road Haulage Association (RHA) predicts there is a nationwide shortage of about 100,000 HGV drivers which has been caused by a mass exodus of European workers after Brexit.

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The demand for last mile delivery drivers has remained high despite the easing of restrictions as online purchases till make up over 25 per cent of all retail sales, up from 20 per cent before the pandemic.

“The logistics sector stepped up admirably last year, keeping millions of locked-down Britons supplied with food and essentials,” Indeed Flex chief executive Jack Beaman said.

“The surging demand for delivery drivers also proved a lifeline for many people whose jobs in hospitality, tourism or high street retail came to an abrupt end.

“Now as lockdown restrictions ease and many of the temporary drivers who kept Britain moving in its time of need are boomeranging back to their old jobs.

“The trend is happening at the worst possible time for logistics businesses who are simultaneously grappling with the post-Brexit shortage of drivers and a ‘pingdemic’ which is forcing many staff to stay off work to isolate at home.”

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