In the hyperconnected world in which we find ourselves, the transport sector plays a vital role in connecting buyers, sellers and customers with the products that are demanded globally.
The fact that there are fewer and fewer people who want to dedicate themselves to this sector, the shortage of carriers and drivers is a real cause for concern when it comes to global supply chains.
This is not just a UK problem but a global issue, similar trends are happening all over Europe and across the pond in the US as well.
Take Spain for example, the driver shortage numbers currently sit around 22,000 positions which need to be filled.
Sector demographics do not favor the figures either, according to data from the General Directorate of Traffic in Spain, the majority of drivers are between 50 and 60 years old, meaning that a large percentage of the current drivers actively working will leave the sector in the short and medium term.
Combine this along with the lack of young people showing any interest or signs of entering the market are the primary reasons for the current driver deficiency.
The transport sector is looking to new technologies, which, as we discussed in our article “The technology of the future that could affect the transport sector” could to a certain extent alleviate the driver shortage. However, this revolution is unlikely to resolve the issues we face today in the short-term as these new technologies not only need to be developed and tested but they also require new legislation to be built around their compliance and acceptance.
Here, we share with you first-hand, the situation and opinion of one of our customers, who tells us about his experiences in the world of road transport.
Why did you decide to dedicate yourself to the world of transportation?
-About my work, family tradition led me into the transport sector…..My father was a truck driver until his retirement, both my brother and I have followed in his footsteps by becoming drivers. I think it is a very rewarding job in some respects, but in others the job can be very demoralizing.
How long have you been working in the sector? Do you carry out national or international transport?
– Since 2005. I’ve been working in the sector for 17 years, and I couldn’t start before because I couldn’t get my licenses beforehand, since by law in Spain you have to be 21, which is how long I’ve been working. I am currently doing international transport; I usually do trips between Spain and the UK.