Driver vacancies soar to 28,210: Trucking HR Canada


Canada was brief a report 28,210 truck drivers within the second quarter of this 12 months, up from 25,560 in Q1, Statistics Canada knowledge revealed. This pushes up the emptiness fee for truckers in Q2 to 9.2%, up from 8.1% in Q1.

Labor woes within the trucking and logistics sector proceed to develop, Trucking HR Canada stated in a report that analyzed the data. Over half of these vacant jobs (50.1%) have been posted for greater than 90 days which signifies employers are having issue filling these positions. 

“The discharge of Q2 emptiness knowledge from Statistics Canada continues a worrying development that vacancies throughout the business proceed to worsen. This may proceed to place stress on the business to fulfill its labor drive wants to be able to meet demand,” stated Craig Faucette, chief packages officer at Trucking HR Canada. 

Driver holding steering wheel
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Statistics Canada knowledge for the second quarter of 2022 was launched on Sept. 20.

The printed emptiness fee for truck transportation now sits at 9.4%, up from 8.7% in Q1. That is considerably larger than the typical throughout all sectors of the financial system at 5.9% and is exceeded solely by the lodging and meals providers sector’s fee of 11.9%.

Trucking HR Canada estimates that this might imply extra demand for truck drivers within the second quarter of 2022 approached 15,000 drivers (14,910). That’s, even when the business had been capable of rent each at the moment obtainable truck driver throughout Canada, an extra 15,000 model new staff would nonetheless must be recruited, educated, and onboarded to fulfill the entire demand for driving providers.

Recruitment and coaching of recent, inexperienced drivers is a expensive course of since new recruits not solely require entry-level coaching however extra onboarding and on-the-job coaching throughout which new drivers are accompanied by an skilled driver to make sure sufficient understanding of and adherence to on-road security protocols, the report stated.

Moreover, employers report that insurance coverage premiums related to new drivers are considerably larger than these with one to 3 years of expertise. The truth is, over the previous 12 months over two-thirds of the vacant driver positions required between one and 5 years of expertise, limiting entry to new labor market entrants.

Chart of driver vacancies by province
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The report revealed Ontario has the best variety of vacant positions for truck drivers, with some 9,100 vacant positions adopted by Quebec with 5,565 driver vacancies. British Columbia has the best emptiness fee (proportion of driver jobs which are vacant) at 11.9% and has 4915 driver vacancies which is 17% of whole driver vacancies throughout the nation, adopted by Manitoba and Alberta, every with emptiness charges of 11.6%.

In response to Trucking HR Canada’s labor market info system, the variety of vacancies additionally rose in different key occupations within the trucking and logistics sector between Q1 and Q2. There have been roughly 5,200 vacant positions for shippers and receivers throughout the trucking and logistics sector within the second quarter of 2022, up 11% over Q1. An extra 600 vacancies had been posted for dispatchers (up 6.1% over the earlier quarter), 843 vacancies for mechanics (up 14.3%) and three,261 for materials handlers (up 3.7%).


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