It’s going to become increasingly difficult to find the talent to fill the continuing demand for truck driving jobs in the U.S., says a recent report from WANTED Analytics, a provider of monthly data on hiring demand. The online job advertising for 230,000 truck drivers in the past 90 days shows an increase of 20 percent over the same time period in 2012.
WANTED Analytics explains that as the demand for goods increases, companies must keep their supply chains running smoothly, and that necessitates hiring more truck drivers. Subsequently, there is increased competition to attract qualified candidates, along with an increase in the time it takes to fill those jobs.
Currently, New York has the highest increase in job advertising for truckers with a 41 percent growth over the same 90-day period in 2012. Ad-posting in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Houston followed, making up the top five in number of job postings. Dallas was second for year-over-year percentage growth at 34 percent.
WANTED Analytics’ National Hiring Scale currently ranks truck drivers as a 64 out of 99 — 99 being the most difficult to hire. However, in the cities of Bismarck, ND, Hinesville, GA, and Bowling Green, KY, that ranking becomes a 93, making them the cities where it is the most difficult to recruit drivers. For example, the average time an ad posting for a truck driver remains online is more than eight weeks in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
On the lowest end of the ranking, however, where drivers are the least difficult to recruit, are Salisbury, MD, Morristown, TN, and Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL. With a ranking of only five out of 99, online postings by recruiters are only lasting four-and-a-half weeks, indicating favorable conditions for filling positions.
The national average of time to fill truck driving jobs currently stands at six-and-a-half weeks.