JJ Foodservice increases HGV driver salaries to £40,000

JJ Foodservice has increased salaries to £40,000 for HGV drivers at its London branches to position itself as a leading player in the foodservice market.

Currently, drivers in Enfield, Dagenham and Sidcup are paid £35,000 but this will increase to £40,000.

In addition to the salary increase, the wholesaler is offering state-of-the-art vehicles, no evenings or weekends, local deliveries, no rotas or shift work and consistent start times.

Head of operations Kaan Hendekli said: “Drivers already have a hard job – we want to create the best working environment for them with the comfort of an office job.

“On top of offering a great work-life balance, our drivers also have a stable, daily routine and the support of a driver’s mate.

"Offering excellent working conditions for drivers will help us to grow our delivery team to support even more customers in the future."

With just 1% of UK HGV drivers female, JJ is also actively encouraging more females to consider HGV driver roles.

JJ supplies more than 83,000 restaurants and homes across 11 UK branches.

The government has announced that it will issue temporary visas to 5,000 HGV drivers in the UK. There are currently more than 100,000 vacancies to fill.