Truck Driver Shortage Still Here
The truck driver shortage is back in the news and it looks like it's not going to end any time soon. According to arkansasbusiness.com:
"A good truck driver is hard to find, especially when the economy is rolling. Since the annual turnover rate for truck drivers bottomed out at 39 percent during the first quarter of 2010, the rate has more than doubled for trucking companies that have more than $30 million in annual revenue, according to the American Trucking Associations of Arlington, Va."
The state of Arkansas is trying out some interesting ideas to develop more truckers including:
"...offering more classes through colleges and the Arkansas Truck Driver Training Pilot Initiative."
And the best news for truck drivers is going to be higher pay:
"Some companies are planning to pay drivers more while trying to improve working conditions for drivers... (current pay is) about $38,000 annually for someone without experience and $50,000 to $60,000 for someone with experience..."
Additionial ideas being discussed are dedicated drivers and distribution centers, which will mean more standard routes and home time. Could there be a better time to start looking at a truck driving job? Read the entire article at Arkansas Business.