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Welcome to the first of my columns (David Coombes, MD of Logistics Job Shop) giving you what will be a ‘hands on’ and coalface perspective of the recruitment and talent issues facing all employers in our industry today.

I want to start by discussing skills shortages; the current and growing issue of 150,000 LGV drivers that are needed to drive future economic growth.


Amazon has today announced that it will create 1,000 new permanent roles at its UK fulfilment centres in the coming months – including one in Hemel Hempstead’s Maylands Industrial Estate

There are currently 6,000 permanent employees in Amazon fulfilment and customer service centres in the UK.

John Tagawa, the director of the firm’s UK Operations, said: “Over the past two years, we have added well in excess of 2,000 new employess to our workforce and we are delighted to be able to add a further 1,000 to that number over the coming months.


Santa’s little helpers – also known as delivery drivers – are in short supply and an industry body is concerned Christmas deliveries could be affected.

Freight Transport Association skills policy development manager Sally Gilson told Recruiter anecdotal evidence showed some agencies were having to turn down up to 200 jobs a week due to lack of qualified drivers to complete the work.

“As we are only at the start of the Christmas period, this will only get worse,” Gilson said.


A new HGV training school, Horsepower, has been launched by two female truck drivers with the aim of attracting more women into a male-dominated sector.

With less than 1% of HGV drivers being female, and with a driver shortage already affecting the sector, co-founders Nathalie Axon (pictured) and Jan Carter believe it is vital to focus on the untapped pool of potential new recruits.


MT has teamed up with Logistics Job Shop to launch an improved recruitment service for the UK distribution industry.


Discount supermarket chain Aldi says it plans to create 400 jobs at a new warehouse being built on the outskirts of Cardiff.

The council has given the go ahead for a distribution centre to be built at Capital Business Park in Wentloog.

The plan is for a 42,000 square metre warehouse, offices and loading bays.

We are delighted that Cardiff Council has approved our plans to open a new Regional Distribution Centre, we are working closely with the local authority to invest in the area and create around 400 new jobs.



Firm's £10m investment at Invergordon brings jobs boost to port


Supermarket giant Morrisons has announced it will open a new distribution centre in Bridgwater, creating 50 jobs.


The new 95,000 sq ft facility will be built to support the expansion of its M Local convenience division in the South West and South Wales. It will be based at Morrison's existing Willow Green site in Somerset as an extension of its produce picking operation.


One hundred new jobs will be created the Port of Sheerness in Kent as part of a new ten-year partnership with Volkswagen Group UK.


Waitrose to complete new distribution centre construction in record 22 weeks

Waitrose's brand new national distribution centre is on track to open in record time.

Construction of the 940,000-square-foot building began in March and it is expected to reach completion in November - making for a record build time of 22 weeks.

Supply Chain Director David Jones said the new site is part of Waitrose’s transition from its roots in the South East of England to a major national retail network.