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Readers concerned about aging trucking industry

Posted: January 17, 2019

TORONTO, Ont. – Canada’s trucking industry is worried about the rising average age of employees, and appears to be taking specific steps to recruit a younger generation of workers, Today’s Trucking’s January Pulse Reader Survey indicated.

Seventy-two percent of those who responded to the survey said their workplace is worried about the rising age of employees, and 71% said it is making a specific effort to recruit the younger generation. More than one-third (36%) suggested it is time to rethink how jobs are done to attract a new generation, while 45% said such efforts should be applied in selected cases.

The average Canadian truck driver is now 48 years old, and Canadian Trucking Alliance president Stephen Laskowski recently said the trucking industry must come to terms with “massive” retirement numbers over the next five to six years.

One in four of those surveyed (26%) said the best thing fleets could do would be to increase pay and benefits. Strategies including apprenticeship programs, more flexible hours, and visiting schools to promote industry careers were virtually tied at 14-15%.

Almost one-third (30%) of those who participated in the survey personally expect to retire in two to five years.

Today’s Trucking Pulse surveys are conducted once per month, covering a variety of industry issues.

 

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