Brits can earn top salaries of £50k helping to stack supermarket shelves

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Cash-strapped Brits might want to consider a new trade as there's serious money to be made in keeping the wheels of industry turning.

Supermarket shelves are laying bare as there aren't enough lorry drivers to keep up with demands and Brexit delays.

And desperate hauliers are paying drivers up to £50,000 a year to get trucks moving again.

Supermarket shelves were empty last year as a result of panic buying but this year the shortages are down to supermarket workers being 'pinged' by the NHS app and told to self-isolate and a lack of lorry drivers.

According to the Road Haulage Association, there are as many as 100,000 vacancies for HGV drivers in the UK, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Before the pandemic it was about 60,000, the industry body says.

Brexit has also caused tens of thousands of people from EU states to leave the UK.

Additional bureaucracy at the border also means it's more difficult for European hauliers to drive in and out.

Big names such as Tesco and Haribo have already raised the alarm.

Earlier this week, Richard Burnett, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the country is 'facing a collapse' of the food chain.

He said: "In the next two to three weeks we are facing a collapse of the supply chain meaning even bigger gaps on supermarket shelves.

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"We already have hauliers unable to move goods on a daily basis and we’re now facing a perfect storm."

He added: "This is a crisis on a scale we have never seen before in this industry and the Government is burying its head in the sand. It is not recognising the seriousness."

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  • Brexit
  • Coronavirus
  • Tesco

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