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The UK is offering thousands of visas to help fill a truck driver shortage


South African truck drivers will be able to apply for a visa to work in the UK between October 2021 and December 2021. Arnoux Mare, CEO of Innovative Solutions Group, says South Africans have been in high demand for many years. John Lewis announced plans to raise driver salaries by up to £5,000 (R100,000) per year due to a driver shortage.

  • According to Nicola Digby of Sable International, the UK government plans to issue thousands more visas to foreign employees in reaction to rising gasoline prices
  • Truck drivers can apply for work permits in the UK between October and December 2021.
  • South African labor is in high demand in the US, Europe, and England.
  • Due to a driver scarcity in the UK, companies like Walmart are providing $8,000 (R117,00) signing incentives to some drivers.

According to Nicola Digby, senior consultant at specialized immigration agency Sable International, the UK government intends to make thousands more visas available to foreign workers in response to the growing problem of fuel shortages and empty store shelves.

Truck drivers will be able to apply for visas to work in the UK between October and December 2021, with applications opening in October 2021.

“Workers of all nationalities are encouraged to apply, with the majority of applicants expected to be from the EU.” Although the particular requirements for the plan have not been disclosed, it is expected that the visas will fall under the T5 Temporary Worker category, “she added.

“The government is also planning to make an additional 5,500 visas available for seasonal poultry workers.”

The Seasonal Worker visa (T5), according to Digby, is valid for six months and allows workers to travel to the UK to work in the farming industry.

She stated that in order to apply for this visa, you’ll need a certificate of sponsorship from a UK sponsor as well as enough money to live in the UK.

“A Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) is an electronic document that includes a reference number and information about the work as well as your personal information.” Before you may apply for your T5 visa, the company that has offered you the job must first obtain and issue you with your CoS. Your CoS reference number must be included in your visa application.

“Because your certificate is only valid for three months from the date it is provided to you, you must apply within that time frame.”

This is not a new trend, according to Arnoux Mare, CEO of Innovative Solutions Group, with South Africans in high demand for many years.

Mare’s company specializes on outsourcing labor services for businesses, such as hiring logistics and drivers, and he has also employed local drivers to work for international firms.

South African labor, he claims, is in high demand in countries such as the United States, Europe, and England.

While Mare was unable to provide an exact number of truck drivers working abroad, he did note that there is a distinct shortage and demand.

He added that these drivers would still need to obtain licenses and learn the numerous driving restrictions, so potential drivers should not expect to begin working immediately.

According to Anda Malescu, managing attorney at Miami-based Malescu Law, corporations in the United Kingdom and the United States are growing increasingly anxious due to a labor shortage.

Malescu’s business is supporting transportation corporations in obtaining drivers from areas such as Mexico, Canada, and South Africa, despite significant travel restrictions and visa constraints.

Furthermore, firms such as Walmart are offering $8,000 (R117,00) signing bonuses to some drivers, while British retailer John Lewis announced plans to raise driver salaries by up to £5,000 (R100,000) per year due to a driver shortage in the UK.

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