UK needs 100,000 truck drivers and entices foreigners: what is the average salary?

Long queues sometimes taking up to two hours to load fuel. service stations forced to close because of the shortage. Serious problems in the agri-food distribution chain. This is the picture from the government Boris Johnson In the UK, a picture blends the tail of the pandemic with the consequences of Brexit, Infuriating British consumers.

It’s all because of a shortage of truck drivers in the UK, which is a bottleneck of this size Businessmen in the sector estimate that it will take 100,000 truck drivers to meet the current demand, And this situation prompted the Johnson government to announce this in the past hours It will grant up to 5,000 temporary visas to attract foreign drivers.

To get an idea of ​​the salary levels involved, It is worth noting that the average wage for a truck driver who works 40 to 50 hours per week ranges between 25 thousand and 32 pounds per year.. This number is equal to the current change. About 4 million Argentine pesosThat is about 330 thousand pesos per month, To which should be added “bonuses” that companies offer for additional tasks or work on Saturdays or Sundays.

The reasons for this shortage of heavy vehicle drivers are manifold, but the main factors are the strikes of the pandemic and the closure of the border with Europe imposed by Britain’s exit from the European Union, which seriously affects food and fuel supplies.

The average salary for a truck driver working 40 to 50 hours per month in the UK is between £25,000 to £32,000 per year. Today it is equivalent to about 4 million pesos.

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This announcement assumes temporary visas for the arrival of foreign truck drivers A radical change in Johnson’s policy, which was the promoter of tightening immigration rules after the country’s exit from the European Union (EU) and stressed the need to end dependence on foreign labour.

However, the growing shortages caused by a shortage of drivers, which has affected the agri-food sector, as well as the energy sector, causing the closure of many service stations, prompted the government to take measures, in the face of growing complaints from British citizens, unaccustomed to problems supply this.

In recent days, huge lines have formed in front of gas stations, as Britons, ignoring calls for calm, try to refuel.

And in the face of this situation, the British government said, yesterday, “It is studying temporary measures to avoid immediate problems.” Johnson’s spokesman stressed that all measures that will be taken “will be limited in time”, while stressing that the country has “ample fuel stocks” and that “there is no shortage”.

In this sense, it was noted that the Johnson administration’s plan is to issue about 5,000 temporary visas, Although transportation business groups estimate that at least 100,000 heavy truck drivers are needed to restore the situation, The British BBC reported.

Various sectors have even called on the government to deploy soldiers to help distribute gasoline or deal with the backlog of applications for heavy vehicle driving licenses, which have increased during the pandemic.

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