London Taxi Firm Offers £5,000 Welcome Salary to Lure Drivers
Addison Lee Ltd., London’s largest taxi firm, is offering 5,000 pounds ($6,861) for four weeks of work to recruit drivers amid a nationwide shortage of staff.
The salary guarantee applies to the first month and requires drivers to complete 140 trips, the company said Friday in an emailed statement. Additional perks include paid days off and a pension.
Brexit has left Britain with a shortage of workers in industries from farming and banking to retail and transportation. A scarcity of truck drivers triggered a fuel shortage and gridlock at the nation’s ports. The government this week eased immigration rules to attract foreign butchers in a bid to ease a severe backlog of pigs awaiting slaughter.
Addison Lee is trying to hire 1,000 drivers after business passenger-car trips jumped more than 40% between August and September. The company expects growth to continue through the Christmas holidays.
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