John Lewis Partnership has become the latest retailer to increase pay for its drivers as the retail industry seeks to cope with driver shortages.
Its plans will see salaries for LGV drivers increased by up to £5,000 a year. From Sunday, August 8, LGV drivers employed by John Lewis and Waitrose will receive a pay rise of around £2 an hour in their base pay across the company’s regional and national distribution sites.
Around 900 drivers currently employed will benefit from the higher pay rates. Like fellow retailers such as Aldi, Tesco and M&S, John Lewis Partnership is also looking to increase its appeal for new drivers. As a result, in addition to higher recruitment rates, the company is offering a welcome payment of £1,000 to new LGV Drivers with C+E licences who join the retail group before November 2021.
John Lewis is also planning to invest in driver recruitment and training by establishing a driver training programme. This will allow the training of existing partners and new recruits without LGV experience.
Mark Robinson, director of supply chain for the John Lewis Partnership, said: “There’s never been a better time to get behind the wheel for Waitrose and John Lewis. We’re responding quickly to the national driver shortage by ensuring our drivers are paid competitively and by investing in training for the future. These changes will mean that we can continue to serve our customers well and get them the products they need.”