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Construction Biz Growing, Looking for More Truck Drivers

TORONTO—Seems that everywhere you look nowadays there’re bright orange pylons and signs alerting you of construction zones. And maybe that’s because Canada's construction industry has seen steady growth over the last several years, growth which will continue throughout 2014.

"The construction industry is often a reliable indicator of an economy's strength, and right now we're seeing very encouraging growth," said Mark Bania, director of CareerBuilder Canada. "Not only has the construction industry added a wide variety of occupations over the past few years, but this growth has stretched across the entire country."

According to CareerBuilder Canada and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI), employment in the construction industry has grown by 12 percent from 2011 to 2014, adding over 102,000 jobs and outpacing four percent growth for all jobs. One of those added occupations is truck drivers.

Here are the fastest-growing construction jobs:

  1. Administrative officers jobs are expected to rise by 5.1 percent;
  2. Contractors and supervisors, heavy construction equipment crew jobs, expected to grow by 4.4 percent;
  3. Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations, expected to grow by 4.3 percent;
  4. Welders and related machine operator jobs, expected to grow by 3.8 percent;
  5. Residential and commercial installers and servicer jobs, also expected to grow by 3.8 percent;
  6. Truck Driver jobs, expected to grow by 3.5 percent;
  7. Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installer jobs, expected to grow by 3.4 percent;
  8. Construction trades helpers and labourer jobs are expected to go up by 3.4 percent;
  9. Construction manager jobs, expected to go up by 3.2 percent;
  10. Heavy equipment operator (except crane) jobs, expected to grow by 3.1 percent.

Job Growth by Region

The construction industry has grown across all ten provinces, but remains slightly more concentrated in some. The provinces that saw the highest growth in construction jobs over the past year include:

  1. Newfoundland and Labrador – 5.2 percent growth;
  2. Alberta – 4.1 percent growth;
  3. Saskatchewan – 3.9 percent growth;
  4. Manitoba – 3.2 percent growth;
  5. British Columbia – 2.6 percent growth;
  6. Quebec– 2.5 percent growth;
  7. Ontario– 2.5 percent growth;
  8. Nova Scotia – 2.1 percent growth;
  9. New Brunswick – 1.4 percent growth;
  10. Prince Edward Island – 0.3 percent growth.
 
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Some trucking companies are telling shippers being forced to pay their drivers hourly at $22.00 to $24.00 per hour for all hours worked as the offshore drivers is going to be limited to 10% of the fleet plus one for very small fleets. Many shippers are getting upset about the increase in rates and waiting time fees.The construction boom and other jobs are meaning that many trucks are sitting next the fence.

Keith

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Any trucking company not paying $.48 per mile plus $22.00 per hour for waiting time will be able to keep drivers as other jobs are paying better

Lisa

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Many truck drivers are going to construction jobs as the federal government reduces the number of foreign workers in Canada. One federal employee told to get foreign workers approved the cpmpanies were going to have to pay at least $22.00 per hour plus overtime after 44 hours and companies not doing this will be put out operation and assets sold to pay fines

Larry Brown

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A number of construction companies are increasing truck driver wages to get drivers to leave other jobs to drive truck.I was at a truck driver job fair and most of the trucking companies were offering about $1,200 to $1,500 per week gross pay for about 65 hours work. When told them i was making $25 .00 per hour ,the recruiters said that this is a common that truck driving has other advantages and that why i should take a pay cut to be a truck driver again.

ken black

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The rules no longer make trucking fun and many farm boys are finding other jobs that pay better or more home time. The other trades are all paying better than trucking today for people that want to work 80 hours per week. This industry is going to have change or bring in more offshore drivers from poor counties. The fed Gov. needs to make it so offshore driver must a Canadian driver for 6 months before driving alone .

jim black

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Truckers are not striking like at the B.C. ports they are just getting other jobs as driver pay is not keeping up with other jobs,

janet

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trucking companies will have to pay more. Many equipment operators are being given $25.00 per hour plus a $40.00 per day(meal, travel allowance) and over time after 50 hours per week can average 13 hours per day. This my husband a gross pay of $1,800.00 per week and a take home of 1,230.00 per week in On.

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