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From July 2, DPD employees in the UK will earn more. In this way, the company wants to attract drivers, especially on weekends when the demand for parcel deliveries increases by up to 40 percent.

The second largest courier company on the European market assures that none of its employees will earn less than 8.75 pounds gross per hour in the country and 10.20 pounds gross in London, according to Motor Transport. By comparison, the National Minimum Wage in Great Britain is 7.38 pounds gross.

Companies from Germany, Hermes Germany and GO! Express & Logistics, also decided to invest in employees by increasing wages and raised the prices of their services to compensate the losses. This shows that the transport industry in Europe is feeling more and more affected by the lack of drivers.

Couriers decide on what terms they will be employed

Our aim is simple – to make DPD the carrier of choice for delivery drivers and for our drivers to be the best rewarded in the industry”- comments Dwain McDonald, the head of the British branch of DPD.

In addition to higher rates, the company also wants to make the system of hiring employees more flexible. Now, three options will be available: a worker contract (including 28 days of holiday, pension and sick leave), a self-employed worker or self-employed franchisee contract.

In the case of a contract of employment, the company guarantees an annual income of 28 800 pounds gross. After deducting the tax and social security contributions, the courier will get around 11 pounds per hour.

To ensure that all self-employed drivers have at least the equivalent of the real living wage, the DPD will monitor the monthly earnings of employees and the process will be subject to independent auditing.

Photo: DPD

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