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Why Are Truck Driving Jobs Becoming Harder to Fill?
Posted on 07/29/2013 by Adrienne Sallerson | 0 Comments
According to a new research study by CareerBuilder, truck driving jobs are ranked as one of the toughest jobs to fill. Why? With many veteran drivers on the road to retirement, the demand for young drivers is increasing. For trucking companies, finding young drivers who are willing to take on the responsibilities of a truck driver is a huge challenge. While the steady pay and financial security is enough for some, others view the long hours and time they would have to spend away from family as deal breakers.
What could this mean for the US? According to Page Siplon from the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, if we end up facing a shortage of truckers, products will cost more to move and will take longer to get to their destinations. Truck drivers transport 80% of the nation’s cargo. Many don’t realize how much of an asset truck drivers are to this nation. As the economy recovers and demand increases for goods, the need for truckers is going to increase even more.
What are trucking companies doing to get new drivers in the door? Many companies are offering different incentives to make truck driving more appealing. Some are increasing wages by a few cents per mile, creating shorter routes so drivers can spend more time with their families and refunding tuition fees once drivers spend 6 months with the company. What types of incentives do you think would get more people lining up at the door to become a truck driver?