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Hiring on a roll for commercial drivers

August 20, 2018

In-demand jobs are a way to get your foot in an industry with great pay, outstanding benefits and a sign-on bonus, which is happening throughout the commercial driving industry right now.

NPR.com reported on the shortage and a struggle within the trucking industry.

It stated the American Trucking Associations said more than 70 percent of goods consumed in the U.S. are moved by truck, but the industry needs to hire almost 900,000 more drivers to meet rising demand. There was just one truck available for every 12 loads needing to be shipped at the start of 2018, the lowest ratio since 2005.

And companies are definitely ready to hire qualified drivers.

GulfMark Energy Inc. and Service Transport Company, wholly owned subsidiaries of Adams Resources & Energy Inc., offer drivers competitive pay, excellent benefits, training, sign-on bonuses, safety bonuses and the opportunity to work local, regional and/or over the road, according to Renee Karstedt, vice president of human resources, Adams Resources & Energy Inc.

Drivers will especially be in demand with peak holiday season around the corner.

Dan McMackin, United Parcel Service’s (UPS) spokesperson, said the company has a culture from promoting within. With the peak holiday season coming soon, drivers will be needed to deliver massive quantities of packages a day. The starting process for peak season hiring is from middle to late September.

McMackin said UPS’ pay and benefits packages are among the “best in the industry.”

Look for UPS to begin peak season outreach in all social media outlets including Facebook, Monster, Indeed.com and more.

“We’ll have a heavy push. We do have high expectations and look for punctuality, a desire for a fast-paced, physical environment, and the willingness to serve others. Our tenure here is very long in the driving ranks, with the average being 15 years,” McMackin said.

Commercial driving is a lifestyle choice, where sometimes a driver can be on the road days or even weeks away from home. The Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that typically tractor trailer drivers are long-haul drivers who operate trucks over intercity routes and sometimes span over numerous states.

Basic credentials include a high school diploma, a commercial driver’s license and attending a professional truck driving program. The BLS anticipates the industry to continually grow until 2024.

The main factor for the shortage is an aging fleet of drivers where the average age is 55 years old, as estimated by the BLS in NPR’s report.

According to The Washington Post’s online article, America has a Massive Truck Driver Shortage, this driver shortage is affecting deliveries and causing higher prices for goods Americans buy, with a prediction from the American Trucking Associations that the situation could only get worse.

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