Canadian trucking companies are moving away from paying long haul-drivers by the mile to recruit and retain talent behind the wheel, according to a new report that warns of a growing shortage of truckers in the industry.
Sixteen percent of carriers surveyed over two years reported shifting to hourly pay for long-haul drivers, Trucking HR Canada said in the report released on March 11.
Trucking HR’s report, “The Road Ahead: Addressing Canada’s Trucking and Logistics Industry Labour Shortages,” stated that driver vacancies could rise above 25,000 in the next three to five years unless the industry takes steps to address it.
The report noted that the industry lost out on C$3.1 billion in sales in 2018 because it didn’t have enough drivers.
“We are at a pivotal decision and action point,” Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada said in a statement. “Good salaries in a growing sector, better work-life balance, investments in innovative technology and green-friendly initiatives are just some of the approaches we are taking.”
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Figures from the Canadian government do show that that the rate of trucking vacancies outpace most other professions. However, larger carriers have also reported that the industry is in the process of shedding excess capacity from 2019.
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