The trucking industry's shortage of drivers is a looming
problem since Canadians depend on trucks to move most of their goods
across the country.
The trucking industry is having an increasingly hard time attracting a
new generation of drivers. Part of what's detracting these potential
truckers is the strained work-life balance that comes with the job.
A study commissioned by David Bradley's organization, the Canadian
Trucking Alliance, revealed the trucking industry will be short as many
as 48,000 drivers by 2024. As for younger workers, they found that
making the trucking lifestyle attractive to them — especially with
regards to the long distance or "irregular" routes, which risk the
largest shortage — is the real challenge.
"Companies are investing in
technology to try to better track, better utilize our human resources,
try to get people home more often and the like, but it's still a big
- David Bradley
In order to get more truck drivers on the road, companies are looking
to diversification. But with women in trucking making up only 3 per
cent of drivers, enticing them to take the wheel involves many of the
same challenges as recruiting millennials.
Shelley Uvanile-Hesch has been driving a rig for 17 years and
recently set up the Women's Trucking Federation of Canada to support and
promote women in the trucking industry. She says the problems for men
and women in the business are mostly the same.
"I hear the same complaints from women as I do from men, it's the
home time," she says. "A lot of times they go and interview at a
carrier and they're assured that they will be home, and then they're
finding out that they're out [longer]. Then they get 36 hours at home
and they're back on the road."
The issue of work-life balance has coloured the overall view of
trucking as a profession. David Coletto's company, Abacus Data,
specializes in researching millennials and he says the generational
issue with regards to labour shortages comes down to image.
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