Trucking Industry Seeing Increased Demand, Needs More Drivers
Another reason for the higher turnover rates may be that drivers are leaving one firm to join another, lured by better pay and benefits packages. Driver’s are in demand and firms are willing to pay for talent and experience. A driver already employed at a competitor has a proven record. It is hard to prove this is going on, but it does make good business sense.
The shortage may also stem from other factors directly related to the struggling economy. During the recession, firms had to lay off drivers because of a lack of work. At the same time, those that did the hiring and the training for those truck driving jobs were also let go. Now that there is an increase in freight demand, it might be harder to get some drivers back in the cabs because of generous unemployment packages. Then again those that do come back may have to wait until they can qualify with the new federally imposed safety standards. Some drivers may just not be inclined to do so.
Meanwhile the industry is in a wait and see mode. It is possible that the perceived increase in business may be legitimate. The increased demand might also be, at least partially, the result of trucking companies closing down during the recession. Someindependent truckers may have walked away from their rigs for good. That leaves fewer truckers to pick up the slack.
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