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Carriers already experiencing difficulties finding drivers and O/Os CTHRC study show

About six in 10 Canadian fleets are experiencing difficulties filling vacancies for Class 1/AZ drivers while more than half are having trouble finding owner/operators, according to research released by the Canadian Trucking Human Resources...


About six in 10 Canadian fleets are experiencing difficulties filling vacancies for Class 1/AZ drivers while more than half are having trouble finding owner/operators, according to research released by the Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council.

The research also shows that 48% of fleets surveyed are having trouble filling vacant jobs for Class 3/D drivers.

The CTHRC’s Beyond the Wheel 2 research initiative surveyed 1,112 industry representatives in late 2011, and it updates ongoing research into the demand for workers in nine key industry occupations.

Other findings include:

–          The demand for employees is on the rise: Almost 45% of surveyed fleets expect their labor needs to increase over the next five years and 26% expect the demand to stay the same. Another 21% did not know what to expect.

–          The industry’s workforce is aging: Thirty percent of industry employees are 45 to 54 years old and 17% are 55 or older. Those 45 years and older account for 58% of Class 1/A company drivers, 49% of owner/operators and 44% of truck/transport mechanics.

–          Women continue to be underrepresented in the industry: A mere 3% of company truck drivers and 4% of owner/operators are women. However, women account for 25% of freight claims/safety and loss prevention specialists; 19% of dispatchers; and 11% of foremen, supervisors and managers.

All of Beyond the Wheel’s data and projections are combined with other economic indicators, and are available free of charge through the demand data tool on CTHRC’s Labour Information Highway, at www.cthrc.com.

“With this updated forecasting data, every Canadian fleet will have access to the latest information needed to support everything from business plans to recruiting strategies,” says Angela Splinter, CTHRC’s executive director. “With geographic-specific data, they will be able to compare their individual experiences against regional benchmarks, and identify issues that can only be addressed by CTHRC’s extensive suite of tools and resources.”

The latest research addresses the demand for employees in occupations including truck drivers; owner/operators; shunt drivers; cargo workers; dispatchers; freight claims/safety and loss prevention specialists; foremen, supervisors and managers; and allied trades such as truck and transport mechanics, transport trailer technicians, and parts technicians.


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