Trucking job vacancies continue to increase

by Today's Trucking

Canadian trucking jobs continue to go unfilled, according to the latest data in Trucking HR Canada’s Q1 vacancy report.

The vacancy rate for both the truck transportation sector and transport truck driver occupation increased compared to the previous quarter. Though vacancies increased, the total demand for workers in the sector decreased between Q4 2022 and the first quarter of this year.

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(Source: Trucking HR Canada)

“Although we have seen a cooling within the Canadian economy, we have not seen a corresponding dampening of vacancies for truck drivers,” says Craig Faucette, chief programs officer at THRC. “With the expectation that vacancies will continue to rise over the next quarter, this will continue to put pressure on employers to meet their employment needs.”

Based on data for April and May, labor shortages will likely accelerate throughout 2023, Trucking HR Canada anticipates.

The number of vacancies in the first quarter increased by 475 jobs, to 17,640 vacant positions. The number of truck driver vacancies rose by 1,520 positions to 23,205. Trucking HR Canada noted the number of truck driver vacancies exceeded the number of vacant jobs in the truck transportation sector, as nearly half of truck drivers work outside the truck transportation sector, such as in agriculture, construction, or mining.

The percentage of vacant positions that have been listed for more than 90 days dropped to 49% in the quarter, down from 57% the previous quarter.

The full report can be found in English here, and French here.

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  • Trucking Job vacancies will continue to rise until the pay rises and the demands on us decrease. I left a job because of 10 days out, 4 off but never a weekend off. Now I’m home every night with weekends off.

  • Yellow went bankrupt. There should be 22,000 drivers available in the future. What needs to happen is the wages to go up truck driver should be making 110 thousand a year these trucking companies think making 72 or $75,000 a year is great money back in the 80s we used to make 65,000 thank you.

  • Other jobs are paying better $
    Also when young people see disabled sick homeless people that drove truck sleeping on the street in a wheelchair when the shelter is turning truck drivers and veterans away
    They buy me a meal and we talk about why other things are a better life choice. I and a lot of other homeless truck drivers do smoke or use drugs or drink alcohol. We need a better solution for truck drivers that are involved in accidents or get sick. I spend most of my time as do many other sick homeless truck drivers as volunteers with young people to support people to make a better life choice than being a truck driver.

  • When a UPS driver is going to make 170000 a year delivering parcels and gets to go home every night compared to a cdn driver earning fifty cents a mile or maybe 24 bucks an hour, well what incentive does one have to drive transport.

  • You’ve been crying wolf about this imaginary driver shortage for decades now and I’m yet to see freight stacked up on a dock waiting for a truck! Rates are in the tank, the freight volumes are way off and yet you continue to push this agenda!