Aldi raises lorry driver wages

Aldi has raised wages for its lorry drivers amid the wider HGV driver shortage crisis, according to sources reported by The Sunday Times.

The news comes after efforts from multiple supermarkets in recent weeks to address the driver shortage.

Tesco began offering a £1000 signing bonus for new drivers who sign up before the before 30 September last week.

Morrisons also last week announced a scheme which will allow existing employees to retrain as lorry drivers.

There is currently a shortage of 100,000 HGV drivers across the UK, according to statistics from the Road Haulage Association (RHA).

The RHA has previously lobbied the government to add lorry drivers to the Shortage Occupations List, which would allow foreign HGV drivers to apply for skilled worker visas.

In July, the government temporarily extended lorry drivers' working hours from nine to ten hours, however the move was criticised by the RHA, workers union Unite, and Logistics UK.

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