good news has been in short supply recently.Let's hope the sh reverses its negative trend.In view of the shortage of drivers the loss of the transport planning contract is perhaps not such bad news after all.
Not sure why it's not on the web site but we were briefed this week about the B&Q contract win. We've taken all of the warehousing (5 sites I believe) off DHL so will see approx 1800 new staff TUPE across to the business. Not such good news on the transport side of the contract as we've lost the national planning to Norbert but it seems strange that the company is so slow in broadcasting such a good win.
It's a little hard to say at the moment our contract is going into its quiet period although I did hear we were short of drivers the other weekend but that may have been easter weekend can't quite remember
Which is exactly what I'm saying,although in my opinion there isn't a national shortage of drivers, there just isn't the glut of drivers that supported the low costings used by wincantons business development teams when putting some of these contracts together
Thanks for your exhaustive comments.One more question:is the situation improving after the pay rises?I hope they can roll over most of these higher costs.After all their customers cannot expect to benefit from lower fuel prices and not accept the cost increases.I was sure that Eric would turn around the company on the back of the employees and the shareholders and then leave for a bigger company (I thought he would go to panalpina or Kühne & nagel.)I hope that the suffering of the shareholders will come to an end in the not so distant future.
The driver shortage is the result of trying to make the industry safer, first we had the NVQ, then last October came the deadline for having got the DCPC, after this time ........ no DCPC....... no drive. Lots of the older drivers hung up their keys as they were not willing to do it certainly if they were agency. Most companies like Wincanton pay to put you through it but lots don't especially agency drivers. So lets think ...... someone decides "I know i'll get my class one licence" 1 pay for theory 2 pay and pass class 2 licence 3 pay and pass class 1 licence 4 pay for NVQ 5 Pay for DCPC Then try and get a decent full time job paying good money in one of the blue chip companies ....... dont think so it will be agency paying c**p money being sent wherever they see fit ! Still the big companies cant see past the end of their noses and refuse to employ full time. Wincanton is no exception they tried to pay low wages to our one fleet drivers now called wincanton general haulage, and they couldn't keep them due to the rubbish terms and wages till the point they had to give them a pay rise to keep them. Now the CEO Eric Borne has anounced he is leaving as of 31st July. The only way this industry will get any better is if the government make it cheaper for people to get their licence then we require a decent hourly rate as most drivers get a decent wage but have to put long days in upto 15hrs for it....
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