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Huge rise in HGV drivers on the dole

26/2/2009

Heavy goods vehicle drivers are joining the dole queue at a faster rate than nearly all other occupations, new figures show.

Data from the Office for National Statistics reveals that 8,880 heavy goods vehicle drivers claimed jobseeker's allowance in December 2008, compared to just 2,645 in December 2007 - a staggering 235.7% increase.

Of the over 200 occupations compared, the largest percentage rise in unemployment benefit claimants were:

1. Quantity surveyors - 490%

2. Architects - 440%

3. Architectual technologists and town planning technicians - 423%

4. Managers in construction - 411%

5. Chartered surveyors (not quantity surveyors) - 270%

6. Solicitors and lawyers, judges and coroners - 238%

7. Heavy goods vehicle drivers - 236%

8. Water and sewerage plant operatives - 221%

9. Civil Engineers - 209%

10. Mobile machine drivers and operatives - 206%

Other occupations in road haulage, distribution and logistics faired slighty better but all saw dramatic increases in unemployment benefit claimants:

35. Transport and distribution managers - 114%

60. Transport and distribution clerks - 100%

91. Storage and warehouse managers - 77%

125. Van drivers - 60%

139. Fork-lift truck drivers - 56%

141. Transport operatives - 56%

186. Other goods handling and storage occupations - 44.7%

Advice from the URTU is that if any members are under threat of facing redundancy, they should contact their URTU Regional Officer. They are there to offer help, advice and representation.

Members Only: Redundancy

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