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Published on August 6th, 2021 | by The GC Team

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John Lewis ups lorry driver salaries as national shortage bites

John Lewis Partnership has responded to the national driver shortage by increasing the earnings of its LGV drivers and offering an enticement for new drivers (licence dependent).

The company said drivers employed by John Lewis and Waitrose will receive a rise of around £2 an hour in their base pay across all its regional and national distribution sites, in a plan to increase annual salaries by up to £5,000 a year.

JLP said the increases, which follow a review of LGV driver rates in the Partnership, are designed to ensure that both retailers can continue to recruit LGV drivers at market competitive rates.

Around 900 drivers currently employed will benefit from the higher pay rates. 

The business is also to offer a “welcome payment” of £1,000 to new LGV Drivers with C+E licences joining the business before November 2021 – the runup to the peak trading period – and is planning to invest in driver recruitment and training by establishing a driver training programme to allow existing Partners and new recruits without LGV experience to train up.

The move will help address the severe shortage of drivers which some companies say is crippling the industry. 

Mark Robinson, Director of Supply Chain for the John Lewis Partnership, said: “We’re responding quickly to the national driver shortage by ensuring our drivers are paid competitively and by investing in training for the future. These changes will mean that we can continue to serve our customers well and get them the products they need.”

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