Over the last eighteen months, as the UK has gone through unprecedented upheaval during the COVID-19 pandemic, the logistics sector has gone above and beyond to deal with the huge rise in demand for online retail and deliveries as the country was locked down.

However, as the industry gears up for the traditional ‘peak period’ of demand in the lead up to Christmas, a number of firms are harnessing technology in order to deal with a mass of admin and issues around engaging their workforce of self-employed drivers.

Simon Hills, Chief Executive of self-employment technology specialists, Wise, said: “We know that the end of the year often sees delivery providers ramp up their workforce of subcontractors. Traditionally, this has involved lengthy admin processes across documentation, onboarding and of course all of the tax and finance elements of engaging these self-employed individuals.

“However, we’re now seeing more and more of these firms using technology and integrated platforms such as Wise to not only revolutionise their internal processes, but provide a much slicker and convenient experience for their self-employed subcontractors.”

Following Brexit, as the UK continues to lose self-employed delivery drivers from mainland Europe, there is a growing scarcity of available talent within the courier and logistics sector. This decrease in the volume of available drivers means that those main contractors which are able to find, recruit and onboard subcontractors in the most efficient way possible are going to be at a distinct competitive advantage.

Whilst the pandemic has naturally forced a number of companies across the courier and logistics sector to reinvent some of their practices, the way these firms choose to integrate technology into their processes will play a huge role in how they are able to flourish in the coming years in a competitive market.

To find out more about how the Wise platform can help your business to engage its self-employed workforce, head to www.withwise.com

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