Truck Driver Recruitment in High Gear
Young people looking for their first career, thirty-somethings looking to change careers or older people looking for their next career - it doesn't matter, you don't need to look any farther. Truck driving is hot and companies are currently giving some of the best deals ever to recruit new drivers. Truckers make good money with average yearly earnings of about $38,000 and many established drivers earning more than $57,000. On top of that, companies are offering signing bonuses, great benefits and now, you may not even have to pay for your CDL training as many carriers are offering reimbursement for driver training.
As Tyrone Richardson reported in The Post and Courier:
"The trucking industry is on the upswing as the economy is showing signs of improving, but the momentum could be thwarted by a nationwide shortage of qualified drivers to replace a retiring population. Despite the nation’s high unemployment, the shortage stems from problems such as applicants failing background checks and reluctance to be on the road for extended periods, experts say."
"The shortage has prompted more truck driving schools to retool promoting the profession. Trucking companies, starving for drivers, are advertising jobs in some unusual places like the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles and upping the ante with higher pay and perks such as signing bonuses, tuition reimbursement and rigs equipped with more bells and whistles, including satellite radio."
The article also included some interesting statistics out of South Carolina showing that the number of active CDLs has definitely been declining and is part of the problem that needs to be addressed.
December 2010: 129,796
December 2011: 128,774
December 2012: 127,227
Source: S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles