Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Truck drivers for Food Lion have lost more than 350,000 hours of sleep in the last year due to sleep deprivation
There’s a trucking shortage in the UK, and drivers are pulling in less money than ever.
And that’s because wages are not keeping up with inflation.
The collapse of the Food Lion supermarket chain has sparked speculation that it is due to a high-profile shortage of drivers.
But Transport Focus says the country’s large supermarket chains aren’t to blame.
The reason drivers are not earning as much is because the average wage has not kept up with rising living costs.
There’s a lot of talk about drivers quitting.
That might sound like the demise of the profession – but the reality is that more drivers are joining the industry.
The picture is more complex.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Newer drivers are paid less than older drivers, and many don’t get paid for any time spent on union duties
More people are entering the labour market, but the workforce remains old and “committed”.
Posties, sales staff at convenience stores and other low-skilled employees are exempt from compulsory redundancies, so they tend to stick around.
It’s the high-skilled, skilled and demanding jobs that tend to go begging.
In the face of all this, one option is to use modern technology, like those seeing in the USA.
However, there is concern about the privacy of people’s personal data.
One more difficulty is the sheer number of jobs being advertised, with 42,000 jobs advertised on website Indeed in October.
Scaling up the use of drones could reduce some of the friction between employers and employees.
But controlling drones to ensure they don’t fly into aircrafts, flood waters or higher buildings is also an issue.
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