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Aldi joins Tesco in increasing driver pay to address shortage crisis

08 November 2021

Aldi has become the latest grocer to hike the wages it pays to lorry drivers as part of efforts to keep shelves stocked amid a wider HGV driver shortage crisis.

According to The Sunday Times, Aldi increased its lorry driver wages as UK retail reels from a nationwide shortage in HGV drivers.

It comes after Tesco last week revealed it was offering a £1000 joining bonus to lorry drivers who join the Big 4 grocer from July 1 and before the end of September.

Tesco’s Booker wholesale division has also reportedly provided a temporary £5-an-hour pay rise for its Hemel Hempstead depot drivers, according to the Unite union.

The offers come after supermarkets had to reassure customers last month that there was no need to panic buy following pictures of half-empty shelves and reports of temporary shortages.




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