Vacancies soar

Delivery driver shortage most acute in Edinburgh

DPD has been hiring thousands of drivers (pic: DPD)

Edinburgh is suffering the UK’s biggest shortage of delivery drivers as many return to work in the hospitality and retail sector.

Delivery jobs were a lifeline for many jobseekers during lockdown, but the reopening of bars and restaurants as well as non-essential shops, including the new St James Quarter, has led to a rise in vacancies.

Driver numbers in the city tumbled by more than half (54%) between March and June while the number of available shifts posted by employers spiked by 131%, says online marketplace Indeed Flex. 

With London seeing the number of available drivers decline by 14% and available shifts rise by 53% it means that anyone looking for delivery driver work in the two cities will have no trouble finding shifts. 

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