Tesco offers £1,000 joining bonus to lorry drivers to help with shortages

TESCO is offering a £1,000 bonus to lorry drivers who join the company before the end of September.

The bonus is to incentivize new starters amid supermarket staffing pressures caused by the “pingdemic”.

You could get a bonus of £1,000 starting the new role


You could get a bonus of £1,000 starting the new roleCredit: Alamy

The “pingdemic” has meant large parts of the economy have come to a grinding halt including within the food sector.

In response, Tesco has advertised the joining bonus on its website and it will be offered to anyone who joins the company in the HGV driver role from until September 30.

Candidates are told “you’ll play a vital role for our customers and communities, representing Tesco on the highways and byways of the UK”.

The bonus comes after supermarkets urged shoppers not to panic buy following pictures of half-empty shelves and reports of temporary shortages.

The shortages were due to staff having to stay off work to isolate and prior staffing issues.

Some companies are reporting 15-20% of their staff absent because workers are being required to isolate for 10 days either with Covid or as a close contact of a confirmed case.

Drivers have been told to self-isolate after being notified by the NHS Covid app as well which is also adding to the problem and the cause for Tesco’s new bonus.

The Government has since introduced emergency measures which it says will protect food supplies.

Thousands of workers should then be able to avoid the need to self-isolate if identified as a contact of a coronavirus case.

Meanwhile, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) previously said it believes there is a shortfall of about 60,000 haulage drivers in the UK after around 30,000 HGV driving tests did not take place last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Other supermarkets have followed suit, offering incentives for drivers, with Morrisons training staff up for the HGV role.

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