Summary: There is a shortage of workers in the United Kingdom, not just truck drivers, the crisis cuts across the board, meaning A-rating companies and organisations are ready to bring in foreign workers through sponsorship visa.
On September 28, 2021, gas stations across the United Kingdom ran out of gas. It wasn’t because there were no enough to go round, but because there was a shortfall of truck drivers to deliver the products.
To urgently solve the problem, the government announced that at least 5,000 visas will be issued to foreign truck drivers as the country warms up for Christmas so as to avoid shortage during the yuletide season.
The 5,000 official number announced by the Transportation Secretary, Grant Shapps, is even far lower than the number of truck drivers who would solve the crisis that stares the country on the face.
There is a shortage of 100,000 drivers, according to Director of Policy at the Road Haulage Association, Rod McKenzie, stating that “Ninety-five percent of everything we get in Britain comes on the back of a truck,” New York Times quoted him as saying.
According to an update by UK’s Home Office, 5,500 workers will also be issued visas to work as poultry workers or on farms.
How to Obtain UK Temporary Visa for Poultry Workers and Truck Drivers
An update to the A-rating companies is the commencement for the application for UK temporary visa scheme designed to employ poultry workers and heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers.
Who can apply?
In an update obtained on the UK government’s website by InfomediaNG Business Solutions, the following people can submit their applications:
- poultry processor
- poultry sticker
- bird or game dresser
- food operative
- poultry catcher or handler
- killer and plucker
- poultry vaccinator
Method of Application:
The UK government released four scheme operators through which application can be submitted:
- AG Recruitment at: agrecruitment.eu/
- Concordia at: concordiavolunteers.org.uk/poultry-hgv-workers
- Fruitful Jobs at: https://www.fruitfuljobs.com/
- Pro-Force at: pro-force.co.uk/
Note: Visit the aforementioned websites to choose your preference and submit your details.
For HGV food drivers:
- The application must be submitted by December 1, 2021
- Visa expiration: February 28, 2022.
Why UK Is Issuing Visas To Foreign Truck Drivers
The completion of exit of Britain from the European Union (EU) in January 2021 is one of the factors that has caused a shortage of drivers, the implications that arise from Brexit is expected according to New York Times because employers have been unable to freely recruit European workers.
What followed was the exit of an estimated 200,000 E.U. citizens during the pandemic.
Other factors include:
- Outbreak of coronavirus
- Disruptions in driver training caused by the pandemic
- Ageing workforce
The Way Out
The government and its officials are aware of the impending crisis the shortage of workers will most likely cause. They are:
1) UK government has updated the list of A-rating companies that are ready to sponsor foreign workers to come to work in several counties
2) UK Visa application website has also been updated for foreign workers to apply.
List of A-rating companies in UK
These are the companies or organisations that are licenced by the UK government to recruit foreign workers. They do this by abiding by the standard set by The Home Office. One of these is to ensure that workers do not illegitimately find their way into the immigration system
The below companies will guaranty UK visa authorities that you will be a legal working resident:
|Companies/Organisations||Location||Type of worker|
|21st Architecture Ltd||London||Skilled|
|2H Offshore Engineering Ltd||Woking||Skilled|
|1st Class Protection Ltd||London||Skilled|
|10 Europe Limited||Edinburgh||Skilled|
|1265 Degrees North Ltd||Newcastle upon Tyne||Skilled|
|1266 Music Group||Glasgow||Creative & Sporting|
|1OAK CAPITAL LIMITED||London||Skilled|
|1st Class Protection Ltd||London||Skilled|
|2020 Delivery Ltd t/a The PSC||London||Skilled|
|2399098 Ontario Inc o/a MAK Consulting Group||High Wycombe||Skilled|
|2DAYUK LIMITED||St. Ives||Intra-company Routes|
|3 TIMES LIMITED||East Horsley||Creative & Sporting|
|3B Data Security Ltd||Sawston||Skilled|
|3D Systems Europe Ltd||Hemel Hempstead||Skilled|
|3F BIO LTD||Glasgow||Skilled|
|3V Consultants Limited||Solihull||Skilled|
|A & S (1992) Ltd||Middlesex||Skilled|
|A Z REAL ESTATE LIMITED||Brighton||Skilled|
|A&A MEDICAL LIMITED||BARNET||Skilled|
|Abba Father Evangelical Ministry||MILTON KEYNES||T2 Minister of Religion|
|ABBEY LAWNS LTD||England||Skilled|
|Aberdeen Hindu Temple Trust||Aberdeen||Religious Worker (Temporary)|
|Aberystwyth University||Aberystwyth||Government Authorised Exchange (Temporary)|
|Ada Digital Health Ltd||London||Skilled|
|Advanced Alternative Media Limited||London||Creative & Sporting|
|Advanced Oncotherapy Plc||London||International Agreements (Temporary)|
|African Cultural Exchange t/a ACE dance and music||Birmingham||Creative & Sporting (Temporary)|
|Agape International End Times Calling||New Malden||T2 Minister of Religion|
|Air One Aviation Ltd||Kingston-Upon-Thames||Skilled|
|ALI BROTHERS BEDFORD LTD T/A DESHI SPICE||Bedfordshire||Skilled|
|All Nations Christian College||WARE||Voluntary Workers (Temporary)|
|Allium Law Limited – T/A Child & Child||London||Skilled|
|Alma Veterinary Surgery Ltd||Scarborough||Skilled|
|Animal Plant and Health Agency||Addlestone||Skilled|
|Aperture Investors UK, Ltd||London||Skilled|
|Artisan Hotels Limited||Lancaster||Skilled|
|Northwest Travels (UK) Limited||Hounslow|
|NTT Security (UK) Ltd||Theale|
|Practical Construction Limited||Stoke on Trent||Skilled|
|The Main Thing Ltd||Bleasby||Creative & Sporting|
|The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust||Wakefield||Skilled|
|The Olympus Academy Trust||Bristol||Skilled|
|The Ostrich Inn Limited||Fakenham||Skilled|
|The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Benefice of Totton||Southampton||Religious Worker (Temporary)|
|The Peterborough School Limited||Peterborough||Voluntary Workers (Temporary)|
|THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD KINGDOM LIFE ASSEMBLY BRIGHTON||BRIGHTON||Religious Worker (Temporary)|
Presently, there are close to 50,000 A-Rating companies or organisation in the United Kingdom that ready to sponsor your visa to come work in the country.
If you can’t find the company that fit into your area of skill, you can search the full list Here.
Wait…there are more tips below on how to get the best out of the A-rating recruitment firms.
If you are looking for a construction company, for instance, click Ctrl+F on your laptop and use the keyword
How to work in construction in the UK
There are two industries with a low barrier to entry in the UK, and there is no limit to what you can achieve if you are ready to work hard.
— Toyyib Adewale Adelodun (@taadelodun) May 5, 2021
What These Companies Can Do For You:
- You can get a certificate of sponsorship, which gives you 20 points
- A job offer (skill level) gives you 20 points
Note: You need at least 70 points as the new point-based system introduced in the UK, but the acute shortage of workers in the country might force the government re-adjust some of the stringent policies and the recruitment process.
What Is Expected Of You:
1) You must have the necessary skills and qualifications where it’s necessary
2) Have the professional accreditation where you claimed to have one with a proof
3) Only apply for jobs that qualify for a sponsorship certificate
4) You must be ready to comply with immigration conditions under which you’re being sponsored
5) Keep your contact details up to date with the HR
6) If inform your employer any time you have a problem, for instance, if you are sick and unable to report at work
How To Explore The A-Rating List on LinkedIn:
LinkedIn holds millions of opportunities only if you know how to explore it. If you haven’t gotten a job on the professional before, here is a chance for you to get one and possibly land a UK job from Nigeria.
- Login to LinkedIn
- Copy the name of a specific company you’d like to work with on the A-Rating
- Search for the company
- Most times, they announce vacancies on their LinkedIn page
- See the positions they are advertising
- Submit your application
According to UK-based Nigerian Civil Engineer and an Investor Toyyib Adewale Adelodun, Nigerians and Africans who would be applying from their country of residence should explore LinkedIn to land job opportunities in the UK
“There are short and long term opportunities for work in the UK. A lot of industries have shortage. The challenge for Africans applying from home is finding an employer to sponsor their visa application. People have had a lot of success on LinkedIn lately.”
UK Visa Application Website
The government, as usual, as updated its visa application information at: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas for applicants to easily navigate, through which you can easily get what you want and to submit your application.
Challenges of UK Truckers :
Some of the challenges you are likely to face as truck driver in UK include:
- It requires long hours from home
- Parking spaces are hard to find
- Insufficient rest stops
- They are traditionally lower paid (for a Nigeria, this may not be an impediment)
How Much Does A Truck Driver Earn in UK?
A popular online doctor on Twitter popularly known as Dr Olufunmilayo says a truck driver could earn £11,250 per month for the three months. At the tie of report, £1 was N552.7314 at CBN rate while one pound sterling was N780 at the black market rate.
- Ethan Wilkinson on unsplash.com for featured image
- @taadelodun on Twitter