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Do more for drivers who service long-haul routes, study urges owners

NORTH American trucking companies must provide more on-the-job training and improve pay if they want to offer long-haul jobs that compete with local driving and warehousing jobs, says a new study, reports IHS Media

21 March 2021 - 19:00
NORTH American trucking companies must provide more on-the-job training and improve pay if they want to offer long-haul jobs that compete with local driving and warehousing jobs, says a new study, reports IHS Media.

The study by Coyote Logistics and labour market analytics firm Emsi, found that a high number of job postings for truck drivers went unfulfilled compared with other blue-collar jobs.



Only one in six unique advertisements resulted in a new truck driver hire last year, a Coyote Logistics and Emsi study said.



'Firms are posting for long-haul drivers significantly more than they're hiring them, to a degree that's out of sync with the general posting trends for this kind of job,' Coyote and Emsi said. 'Drivers Wanted: Using Data to Understand the Commercial Truck Driver Shortage.'



Looking at hiring data for the period from September 2016 through January 2021, Coyote found one truck driver was hired for every six postings. 'When we look at blue-collar occupations as a group over the same period, we see one posting for every hire,' the study said.



'Drivers vastly prefer to go into short-haul, light-truck driving than long-haul freight,' the study said.



The findings of Coyote and Emsi support the view that the rise of e-commerce, especially since last year, and opportunities to drive lighter trucks that don't require a commercial driver's licence (CDL) in local operations present a new challenge to long-haul trucking's efforts to recruit drivers.



The study, based in part on Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS) data, supports other analyses of BLS data that show short-haul or local trucking employment is recovering much more quickly from the Covid-driven recession than long-haul truckload employment.



According to Coyote Logistics data, short-haul loads have increased three per cent year on year. 'That may not seem like a drastic change, but in an industry as large as the truckload market, any minor fluctuations can have drastic implications,' the study said.


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