Further information on the HGV Food Drivers temporary visa scheme has been made available and this blog looks at the various eligibility criteria’s that need to be met. This is different to the HGV Fuel Drivers temporary visa scheme for which the arrival date in the UK for the purpose of undertaking employment, as an HGV fuel tanker driver must have been between 1 October 2021 and 15 October 2021
Who can apply to the temporary visa scheme for HGV drivers to transport food?
As an employer, you can apply for workers with a temporary visa if you need heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers to transport food goods - large goods vehicle (occupation code 8211). To recruit temporary workers, you need to contact a scheme operator below.
The application process varies for each operator. All scheme operators will recruit HGV food drivers and poultry workers. Temporary visas will be available for 5,500 poultry workers and 4,700 HGV food drivers.
Apply for HGV Food Drivers
HGV food drivers must apply under the temporary visa scheme by 1 December 2021. All temporary visas for HGV food drivers will expire on 28 February 2022. They must be for the role of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers to transport food goods - large goods vehicle (occupation code 8211)
Apply for Poultry Workers
Poultry workers must apply for the temporary visa scheme by 15 November 2021. All temporary visas for poultry workers will expire on 31 December 2021.
- A poultry worker with an on-farm or off-farm poultry role includes a:
- butcher (occupation code 5431)
- bird or game dresser (occupation code 5433)
- killer and plucker (occupation code 5433)
- plucker (occupation code 5433)
- poulterer (occupation code 5433)
- poultry processor (occupation code 5433)
- poultry sticker (occupation code 5433)
- trusser (occupation code 5433)
- food operative (occupation code 8111)
- poultry catcher or handler (occupation code 9111)
- poultry vaccinator (occupation code 9119)
- poultry meat packer (occupation code 9134)
Opinions from Industry Stakeholders
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:
“This package of measures builds on the important work we have already done to ease this global crisis in the UK, and this government continues to do everything we can to help the haulage and food industries contend with the HGV driver shortage.
We are acting now but the industries must also play their part with working conditions continuing to improve and the deserved salary increases continuing to be maintained in order for companies to retain new drivers.
After a very difficult 18 months, I know how important this Christmas is for all of us and that’s why we’re taking these steps at the earliest opportunity to ensure preparations remain on track.”
The Food and Drink Federation’s Chief Executive, Ian Wright CBE, said:
“We welcome the government’s pragmatic decision to temporarily add HGV drivers and poultry workers to the existing visa scheme.
This is something UK food and drink manufacturers have asked for over the last few months - including in the industry’s Grant Thornton report - to alleviate some of the pressure labour shortages have placed on the food supply chain.
This is a start but we need the government to continue to collaborate with industry and seek additional long-term solutions.”
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