Analysis of occupation and industry data obtained from Human Resources and Social Development Canada indicates that many enter trucking as a second career. Clearly trucking does not get many applicant...
Analysis of occupation and industry data obtained from Human Resources and Social Development Canada indicates that many enter trucking as a second career. Clearly trucking does not get many applicants younger than 25, as happens with many trades or trades-related occupations. Almost a third of licence test participants in the CTHRC study were in the 35-44 age category and almost a quarter were more than 45 years of age. Test participants were most likely working in the transport sector already, but not necessarily as truck drivers. The research further indicates that the most likely occupations of drivers prior to becoming a truck driver are heavy equipment operators, construction trades helpers and labourers and other driving-related occupations. The construction and manufacturing industries were identified as key source sectors for Class 1/A drivers. This poses both an opportunity and a challenge for the trucking industry. On the one hand, trucking is drawing from a pool of labour that is already familiar and likely comfortable with operating heavy machinery. On the other hand, these workers in many cases may be used to higher wages and benefits that what is currently provided in trucking on average. Also the labour shortage is also acute in the construction trades and so competition for manpower among construction, manufacturing and trucking can only intensify in the years to come.
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