I calculated the pay on £15 per hour and an average 37 hour week,which is what everyone I know who does manual work does. That is basic pay. 15x37x52=£ 28660 listen to the tax man site, pick up £1820.93 after nat ins and tax, a site I use a lot. If these drivers work overtime they'll get more, or weekends etc. Isn't that normal for most workers, unsocial working hours means that people should get paid more. (And if they worked 42 hours a week, they'd pick up just over £2k a month.)
I know which web site I saw it on. I would also say that there were less holes in that than the 'news' stories I have read recently which have been venemous and nasty, just my opinion ofcourse. I'm sure that there is normal ground somewhere inbetween, not that anyone will ever report that.
Incidentally £52k after nat ins and tax and someone picks up £3064.08 per month, gross pay £4333.
The figures I have used does not include any private/second pension payments, so people may well pick up less than that.
Can't smaller companies take on these contracts? I really cannot see why not. And neither does a friend of ours, his little haulage company did.