The Ministry of Defence (MoD) will also provide examiners for lorry driving tests (Photo: Getty Images)
The shortage of lorry drivers in the UK is an issue that has been rumbling on for some time, but has become more visible in the last week as it has impacted fuel deliveries forcing some forecourts to close across the country.
There are warnings that the shortage of drivers could lead to major supply chain issues for the foreseeable future.
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has said there is a shortage of more than 100,000 drivers, from a pre-Covid total of 600,000 or so.
This has increased significantly, partly due to Brexit causing the loss of European Union drivers and the pandemic delaying a new generation of drivers due to late driving tests.
Companies across the West Midlands are advertising some HGV jobs across the region with hefty salaries.
The starting salary for an HGV driver is between £19,000 and £24,000, with the average between £30,000 and £40,000 depending on the company. The highest paid vacancy BirminghamWorld has seen in the city is for a job in Smethwick paying £50,000 per annum.
HGV jobs up for grabs in and around Birmingham right now
Recruitment agency Staffline is advertising for HGV jobs with one firm paying £17 to £30 per hour, and others with potential earnings of £1,149.05 and £1,197.22 per week in Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield.
One firm advertising on Indeed is offering an annual salary of £39,000 for a HGV Class 2 driver in Tamworth.
Another, Maritime Transport, is offering an annual salary of £45,000 for a C + E HGV license driver.
Here are some of the driving jobs currently available in the area:
5 roles advertised on jobs website Indeed
HGV driver, Tamworth, £14.93 - £16.42 an hour - company: Greencore
HGV Class 2 driver, Tamworth, £39,000 annual - company: Brakes Group
HGV driver, Birmingham, £32,000 annual - company: Veolia
HGV Class 1 driver, Smethwick, £40,000 - £50,000 annual - company: RMK Transport Ltd
Class 2 driver, Wolverhampton, £37,000 annual - company: Olleco
5 HGV jobs available through Staffline
HGV Class 1 driver, Birmingham, £17.00 - £22.34 per hour - company: GXO
HGV Class 1 driver, Birmingham, £1,149.05 per week - company: DHL
Class 2 night driver, Birmingham, £14.95 - £22.42 per hour - company: Hermes
Class 1 driver, Lichfield, £15.93 - £29.29 per hour - company: Tesco
Class 1 driver, Lichfield, £1,197.22 per week - company: DHL