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Recruiting Truck Drivers Isn't Getting Easier

By | The Times-Picayune
August 08, 2014

Source: Wanted Analytics

The Wall Street Journal recently highlighted that long-haul Truck Driver jobs are going unfilled for months. According to data from WANTED Analytics, this profession remains hard-to-fill and job ads are posted online for a long period of time. On average, Truck Driver job ads are posted online for about 55 days, about 6 weeks. This is the time it takes Recruiters to post a job ad, collect resumes, and begin the interviewing process. Ads across all industries appear online for an average of 45 days, a week and half shorter than Truck Driver ads.

The WSJ suggests jobs are going unfilled because of a skills gap, as well as economic shifts like the energy boom and changing demographics. The American Trucking Association estimates that there is a shortage of about 30,000 long-distance drivers and this number could grow to 200,000 in the next 10 years. Our Demand Pressure shows that in the US workforce there are currently 11 qualified candidates per Truck Driver job opening. This signals an unbalanced supply and demand for Truck Drivers.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 Employment of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average of all occupations.

As the economy grows, the demand for goods will increase, and more truck drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving. Trucks transport most of the freight in the United States, so as households and businesses increase their spending, the trucking industry will grow.

As fuel prices rise, some companies may switch their shipping to rail to lower costs. However, rail is unlikely to take much market share away from trucks, because even with high diesel prices for truck fuel, trucks are more efficient for short distances. Additionally, many products need to be delivered within the short time frame that only trucks can operate in.

Demand for truck drivers is expected to increase in oil and gas industries as more drivers become needed to transport materials to and from mining sites.