The Demand for Driver Agencies During the Lockdown

Drive Personnel - Specialist Driver Recruitment

Over recent weeks, Drive Personnel has seen many customers and suppliers suffering massive disruption due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the consequences of which have caused huge challenges for supply chains and the temporary closure of industries throughout the UK. With experts predicting up to a fifth of UK workers absent from work with sickness or self-isolation at the outbreak’s peak, driver agencies such as Drive Personnel have become a lifeline for businesses affected by high staff absence.

Why are more businesses choosing driver agencies?

Many businesses are suffering from high staff absences due to self-isolation and social distancing measures as a result of COVID-19. Choosing a driver agency to provide temporary staff cover has many benefits and can help you to flex your workforce without the hassle of hiring in-house.

Lack of resources

Sourcing, interviewing, and employing new staff is difficult for most companies at this time, many of whom are already working a skeleton workforce without enough resources to train a new driver. Driver agencies such as Drive Personnel are an indispensable resource for businesses who require reliable, professional candidates with a range of skills, and can provide companies with comprehensive transport and logistics staff, from warehouse operatives to specialist HGV drivers.

Drive Personnel’s specialism as a driver recruitment agency allows us to invest in an expert team of recruiters, high quality training for our drivers, and an ultra-fast response system to help us bridge the gap between employers and candidates on both a short and long term basis.  

Urgent & short-term vacancies

During the lockdown, our 24-hour driver recruitment hotline and unrivalled database of candidates has allowed us to place drivers into vacancies at extremely short notice. Our workforce of experienced temporary drivers has helped companies across the South Coast fill urgent vacancies which, if left unfilled, would have caused catastrophic supply chain delays.

Choosing a specialist driver recruitment agency such as Drive Personnel to supply your company with short term, temporary and permanent HGV drivers and transport staff is a great way to cover staff shortages. Our dedicated team of experts and database of pre-vetted, qualified drivers and warehouse staff have a thorough knowledge of all current rules and regulations related to the transport and logistics industry, making them an indispensable resource for your company in times of need.

Our Customers

Drive Personnel are proud to be serving local businesses during their time of need. Here’s what our customers have to say:

“Right at the heart of coronavirus outbreak we were facing a massive shortage of drivers. We turned to many agencies to help but only Drive Personnel stepped up to the mark. We are forever grateful to them and long after this is over we will continue to use them to supply drivers.” – Tesco

“Our driver rang in sick just as we were getting busy again after the lockdown and we needed a driver in a hurry. Drive Personnel responded immediately and dug us out of a hole with an excellent driver and we will definably use them again.” – Miles Stone, Eastleigh

“As our business started to trade again we were faced with a shortage of drivers. Drive Personnel were not only very responsive but the quality of drivers that they send us were excellent. I cannot recommend them highly enough.” – Branch Manager, Elliott’s Builders Merchants, Southampton

“Drive Personnel were the only agency they did what they said they would. They were available 24/7, filled all of bookings with great drivers, and when we needed help they made a real difference.” – Area Manager, Elliott’s Builders Merchants, Southampton

If your business has suffered from staff losses during the coronavirus pandemic, why not give Drive Personnel a call? Contact our friendly team today on 023 8069 5600 or email to get your business back on its feet.

About Drive Personnel

Drive Personnel is a specialist HGV driving agency based in Southampton. Our experienced team provides qualified drivers to fill temporary or permanent positions for businesses across Southampton, Eastleigh, Portsmouth, Gosport and Fareham. If your business needs cover for drivers who are currently absent, or require additional support due to peak demand, give our friendly local team a call on 02380 695 600 or email us at